This feature on senior All-America candidate Andrew
Nicholson originally appeared in the online version of the Wall
Street Journal Nov. 1, 2011.
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — In three highly productive seasons at St. Bonaventure, Andrew Nicholson has proven to have a bright mind for science, a soft finishing touch around the basket and the "awe-shucks" modesty to deflect any and all hype he's generated.
So when it comes to praising his star senior, coach Mark Schmidt has no concerns about it swelling the center's head. Nicholson's heard them all, and shrugged them off: from potential first-round NBA draft pick to being the face of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Schmidt then goes one step further in attempting to put into perspective what Nicholson — the physics major who happens to be a Wooden Award preseason nominee — has meant to the Bonnies.
"He brought the program back from the underground," Schmidt
said. "He's made Bonaventure a name again in the basketball
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