ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WGRZ) - The Orlando Magic have selected St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson with the 19th pick in the NBA draft.
"It felt amazing, it's like a kid waiting for Christmas and it actually came, I was so excited, so elated," Nicholson told several media members on a conference call shortly after getting selected.
A Canadian-native, the 6-foot-9 Nicholson played four seasons at St. Bonaventure and finished as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior. He averaged 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his final college season. Nicholson watched the draft with family and friends in Toronto.
"I've been dreaming about this for so long, it's an accomplishment. It's a goal most of my life and I'm so happy," said Nicholson.
He also fits the mold of the Magic's outside shooting big men, having shot 43 percent from the 3-point line last season as well.
"We are excited to have Andrew (Nicholson) join our Orlando Magic family," said General Manager Rob Hennigan in a press release by the team. "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 is the 33rd player in St. Bonaventure history to be drafted. He is the first Bonnies player to be chosen in the 1st round, since Bob Lanier was drafted 1st overall by Detroit back in 1970.