Best NBA Prospect You’ve Never Heard Of: Andrew Nicholson


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.

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#22 Illini Escape St. Bonnies 48-43; Season Uglier than 9-0 Record


It would be fair to say that last year’s Illini basketball team might have lost a game like last night. After all, the 2010-11 Illinois team lost to lowly UIC in a de facto home game at the United Center while being ranked #12.

And they failed to win back-to-backs from mid-January on. You could say they didn’t handle success very well. The 2011-12 Illini might have a similar problem; yet they somehow won a game “like this.”

And by “like this” I mean the UIC loss last year, or the 38-33 defeat to Penn State in 2009.
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