|PF||St. Bonaventure||6’9”||220 lbs||12/8/89|
A mismatch most nights in the Atlantic-10, Andrew Nicholson has made a name for himself with the type of numbers he has been putting up the past 2 years. Helping to bring the St. Bonaventure program some respectability, Nicholson has been a very good player for them.
Nicholson has shown to be a very good offensive player with his refined low-post game, very good hands, athleticism and length. He is a very good finisher around the rim and has shown a developing mid-range jumper. His all-around offensive game combined with athletic skills has made him very difficult to defend in the A-10 and has made him a pretty efficient player too.
Defensively, Nicholson will need to grow more into his frame and show more effort to become a good defender and rebounder. Right now he is getting by on his athleticism alone but in the NBA he will struggle defensively and to be a good rebounder. Nicholson has gotten the “soft” label along with inconsistent effort, which is something that needs to be fixed in order for him to be contributing outside of his offense.
Nicholson hasn’t produced at the level of previous years but the talent and athletic skills are obvious when watching him. The biggest thing holding Nicholson back is himself, the question NBA teams will need to figure out is if they can get him to overcome that. If he can, then he could be a potential sleeper. If not, then he’ll likely float around as a backup big man.
Rank 56th Overall (15th PF)
Projection 2nd round pick
Strengths Athletic ability
Versatile offensive game
Good low-post game