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Freshman Around the League Report

The Freshman Around the League Report will take a look inside the week of the Atlantic 10’s best freshman. With so much fanfare being given to Andrew Nicholson each week, we thought this would help Bonaventure fans to catch up with the other premier first year players around the conference. The players below should be considered the top candidates to win the Rookie of the Week Award this Sunday, December 21st

Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, Forward- Looks to again be the favorite for the award after scoring a career high 19 points at Eastern Michigan. Nicholson scored just 5 points against SFPA and 4 points against UMES. The only thing he will have to overcome is his poor performance against St. Francis and the fact that he did not bring anything to the table in terms of rebounding or blocks. Odds are, he will get a share of the award, because he did have a career high in a competitive game. The award would be Nicholson’s fourth of the year.

Melquan Bolding- Duquesne, Guard/Forward– Scored a career high 14 points and pulled down 5 rebounds as Duquesne beat up on Rice Saturday night. Bolding is averaging 5.9 points per game.

Eric Evans, Duquesne, Guard- Scored 11 points (career high is 16) and also grabbed 2 rebounds during the Rice game. Evans has scored in double figures four times this year. His 25 minutes in the game came off the bench.

David Gibbs, UMass, Guard-Scored 11 points and had 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a win over Hofstra. Gibbs is averaging 2.4 points per game in 14 minutes per game.

Chris Johnson, Dayton, Guard- Johson scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in Dayton’s win over UNC Greensboro. Johnson has scored 32 points in the last two games for UD.

The Rookie of the Week Award is giving out Sunday morning, usually sometime before noon here on the East Coast.

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.