NEWARK, N.J. - Andrew Nicholsonís NBA dream is a reality and two other Canadians also have a chance to make the league.
Nicholson, the Mississauga native and former St. Bonaventure standout went to the Orlando Magic with the 19th pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old seniorís exploits for the Bonnies went mostly under the radar until they were impossible to ignore this season. Nicholson was the Atlantic 10 Conferenceís MVP and carried his team on a surprising run in the NCAA Tournament.
A power forward as comfortable shooting from 22 feet out as he is from inside, Nicholson is also a tremendous defender and rebounder.
He averaged 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior and he posted the first 20 point-20 rebound game for the Bonnies since Bob Lanier. He now has become the first player from the school drafted in the first round since Lanier went first overall back in 1970.
Before heading to New York State, Nicholson was a standout player at Father Goetz.
Last year, fellow GTA players Tristan Thompson (fourth overall to Cleveland) and Cory Joseph (29th overall to San Antonio) also went in the first round.
A second Canadian was also selected when Montrealís Kris Joseph landed with the Boston Celtics with the 51st selection.
Joseph is a talented small forward who some thought would be a first round draft pick a year ago. Joseph elected to return to Syracuse.
Last but not least, North Vancouver 7-footer Robert Sacre went to the Los Angeles Lakers with the 60th and final pick of the draft.
Sacre had a strong career with Gonzaga.