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Nicholson, Watt on All-America list

St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson and University at Buffalo's Mitchell Watt played vital roles in the success of their teams all season, so it's fitting they were recognized as being among the best talents in the nation by the Associated Press.

Both centers, who were their respective conference players of the year, earned All-America Honorable Mention.

Nicholson joins legends Bob Lanier (1968-70) and Tom Stith (1960-61) on the list of St. Bonaventure All-Americans.

The honor caps a fine senior season for the 6-foot-9 Nicholson, a potential NBA first-round draft pick in June. He led Bona to its first Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and its first NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years. Bona lost by three to Florida State in the first round of "Big Dance."

Nicholson averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds, highlighted by a 26-point, 14-rebound and eight-block performance in the A-10 title-game triumph over Xavier.

The 6-10 Watt joins point guard Turner Battle as the only UB players in the Division I era to earn the All-America Honorable Mention from the AP.

Watt was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after posting career highs of 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranked in the top four in the conference in scoring (third), rebounding (fourth) field-goal percentage (third), blocked shots (second) and defensive rebounds (third). Complete team on Page D5.