Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Position: Power Forward
Team: Saint Bonaventure
Right-handed… Nicholson put together a tremendous senior season, collecting the A-10 Player of the Year award and leading the Bonnies to the NCAA Tournament. The 6’9” power forward elevated his game even more down the stretch in the postseason, as St. Bonaventure knocked off a hot-UMass team, Xavier and nearly Florida State in Tournament. During this three-game stretch, Nicholson was 17-for-18 from the foul line, but even more impressively, 8-for-11 from 3-point range. Oh yes, and he chipped in with 9 rebounds per game and 4.6 blocks per game as well… The key to Nicholson’s game is his size and impressive length, but his smooth athleticism for a player of his size. He has huge hands and feet with the potential to maybe grow another inch or two, but most certainly add muscle to his frame… Offensively, his perimeter game will certainly make him difficult to defend. When combined with an advanced post game that allows him to finish with either hand comfortably after making a solid drop-step or counter move or even a face-up mid-range jumper.
Nicholson needs some more work in the post. He has a nice array of scoring moves, but looked uncomfortable operating down low at times. Whether it was the pressure of the defense or his inability to read what the defender was giving him, Nicholson appeared to want to go to a face-up or up-and-under every time as opposed to a drop step to the middle or baseline. Given his ability to play on the perimeter, we would like to see an improved level of ball-handling. This would not only allow Nicholson to take full advantage of his sweet stroke from the perimeter, but given an improved court sense, he could recognize the double-team and dribble his way out as well… At times, he tends to be a black hole on offense. When he gets the ball, he knows he is going to operate and try and take advantage of his skills. In one sense, that’s great. In another, he rarely passed the ball to an open teammate or to avoid a potential double-team… He isn’t the toughest prospect and while he answered some scouts’ questions about toughness during a late-season stretch, Nicholson’s numbers leave a lot to be desired, especially on the offensive glass where his offensive rebounding percentages were middle-of-the-pack in the A-10.