NEWARK, N.J. – Former St. Bonaventure
Nicholson was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 19th
pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Thursday night at the Prudential
With his selection, Nicholson becomes the 33rd Bonaventure player to be drafted into the NBA, and the first since Barry Mungar was selected in the Fourth Round in 1986. He also becomes the fourth Bona First-Round pick, and first since Bob Lanier was selected with the first overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in 1970.
"We are excited to have Andrew (Nicholson) join our Orlando Magic family," said General Manager Rob Hennigan. "We feel he embodies the types of values that will put him in a position to achieve success here. He's a humble, high character player, who's committed to working hard and playing within a team concept. We are intrigued by his cerebral, instinctual approach to the game."
Nicholson will be the first Bona basketball player to appear for an NBA team since J.R. Bremer (undrafted free agent) took the court for the Golden StateWarriors during the 2003-04 season.
Nicholson becomes the first player from the Atlantic 10 Conference selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, with Tu Holloway of Xavier expected to be taken sometime in the Second Round, along with Temple forward Michael Eric.
Nicholson stormed through the final month of the 2012 regular season to garner A-10 Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American honors. He powered St. Bonaventure to its first A-10 Championship title – earning a nod for Most Outstanding Player along the way – after posting 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in a title-game win over Xavier that sent SBU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.