I guess Canadians are getting better at college basketball. Illinois has faced two Canadian born NBA draft prospects this week. Robert Sacre from Gonzaga was the first; 6-9, 240 lb. Ontario native Andrew Nicholson was the second.
The Illini had the UGLIEST win in human history, 48-43 over the St Bonaventure Bonnies this week, and Nicholson was the focal point for the Bonnies on both ends of the floor. He led the team in scoring with a 17-8; but he shot a very ugly 7-18 from the floor.
Nevertheless, Nicholson is a guy who can take it inside and outside. His versatility has impressed NBA scouts, and he’s a name college basketball fans should get to know.
Nicholson had an off night versus Illinois, partially because he had to match up with 7-1 Meyers Leonard.
“Just getting the ball in the right areas, he’s a talented guy and they’re playing him straight up, usually that doesn’t happen in our league. He’s usually getting a lot of double teams and I thought he had some good looks, but ...