On Nicholas: Versatile, sharp-shooting senior guard who has filled multiple roles on the Terps' 2002 national championship team and 2001 Final Four team … a deadly shooter who most naturally plays in the shooting guard spot and should assume a starting role for 2002-03 … he provides ultimate flexibility to rotate at the point guard and swing positions, also … Maryland's first guard off the bench for three seasons … has teamed with Tahj Holden off the bench the last three seasons to become one of the Terps' most valuable talents … has played in all 107 games of his Maryland career and has moved into ninth on Maryland's career chart for 3-point field goals (103) … played in double-figure minutes in all 36 games as a junior, and 99 of 107 career games.
Williams on Nicholas: "Drew has been so valuable because he’s really played three positions for us in his first three years. This year, he has a great chance to start at the second guard spot. There are few people who can shoot the ball from the 3-point line as well as Drew. I think he has a lot of confidence. He’s made some big 3s. Certainly the two he made against Virginia down there were a key in us winning that game last season. I think we had a couple of guys like Tahj and Drew that would have started for most teams, but they were behind great players. Now they get their chance as seniors. That’s how it’s supposed to work. As long as a player has his opportunity, I feel very good about how his career has progressed. Drew’s going to get his chance, he’s probably going to be a starter this year, and if he can really step up, it will be big for us. Drew has been probably as valuable, and has made as much of a contribution, as anybody in our program in the past two years because we've needed somebody to back up Steve Blake at the point. We didn’t want to lose Drew’s shooting abilities, so he really wound up playing three positions. Even though he is still mostly a shooting guard, his ball-handling experience has made him a better basketball player."
2001-02: A 36-game performer who averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds for the national champions … one of six players to average over 20 minutes (20.5), though he started just one game … was third on the team in assists (88, 2.4 per game) behind Steve Blake and Juan Dixon … scored in double figures in seven of 16 ACC games … made his first career start against Detroit and contributed a career-high tying five rebounds to go along with six points … contributed 14 points against William & Mary on 5-of-8 shooting … went 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line en route to a 12-point effort at Duke … was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range and played valuable minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward to help the Terps topple Virginia … his two treys came in the final two minutes of the game as Maryland scrapped back to erase a 9-point deficit … scored 14 points at North Carolina on 5-of-6 field-goal shooting and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc … splashed in a pair of 3-pointers and handed out a pair of assists en route to a 12-point effort at Clemson … dropped a season-high 15 points, including a 3-for-4 effort from 3-point range, on Florida State, and scored 10 points, including a 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line vs. Virginia in Cole Field House’s final game … scored nine points in the Terps’ NCAA first round game vs. Siena ... followed that performance with an eight-point effort against Wisconsin, and an eight-point, five-assist effort vs. Kentucky.
2000-01: Played in all 36 games and was third on the team in both 3-point field goals (34) and assists (86) … averaged 16.6 minutes per contest, while scoring 6.6 points with 1.6 rebounds each game … shot 49.4 percent from the floor and 42.0 percent from 3-point range … averaged 5.4 points and 13.8 minutes per game during Maryland's NCAA Tournament run … made 11-of-13 free throws during the tournament … will be remembered for dribbling out the clock in the Terps' 87-73 NCAA West Region championship win over Stanford … Chevrolet/CBS-TV player of the game with a season-high 16 points and career-high 10 assists in the Terps' regular season finale against Virginia … played a season-high 27 minutes during a 102-67 rout of the No. 7 Cavaliers, shooting 7-of-8 from the floor including both 3-point attempts … had double figures in consecutive games off the bench, with 15 at Georgia Tech on Feb. 6 and 16 at top-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 10 … career-high five rebounds in ACC/Big Ten Challenge against Wisconsin on Nov. 29 … against Dayton at the Maui Invitational, shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range, scoring 12 points with five assists and two steals … six double-figure scoring games overall.
1999-00: Played in all 35 games as a true freshman and averaged 5.1 points … one of five Terps with 30 or more 3-point field goals … made 31-of-92 3-point attempts while averaging 15.7 minutes per game to lead all of Maryland's bench contributors … also contributed 50 assists (1.4) and 16 steals (0.5) … earned double-figure minutes in 30 of 35 games … erupted with a season-high 27 points in a non-conference win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 22 … played a season-best 28 minutes while hitting 9-of-11 shots, including four 3-pointers, against the Knights … made 4- of-6 3-point attempts vs. FDU … also scored in double figures with 12 points in 26 minutes vs. UMBC … season-high five rebounds in home win over Winthrop … dished a season-best six assists vs. Florida State in the ACC Tournament … had four steals vs. Tulane … totaled 18 points in three ACC Tournament games … averaged 16 minutes and six points per game in two NCAA Tournament games.
High School: Graduated from Long Island Lutheran High School in 1999 … three-year varsity letterwinner, and two-year starter … played on three teams which advanced to the state federation final four … averaged 24.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.7 steals per game as a senior and shot a remarkable 57 percent from the floor … hit 75 3-point shots during his senior season … scored 1,011 career points … earned the Richard Sandler Award as the top player in Nassau County following his senior season … the award is presented annually by Newsday and has previously been awarded to collegiate stars Zendon Hamilton of St. John’s in 1994 and Wally Sczerbiak of Miami (Ohio) in 1995 … Nassau County Player of the Year and All-Long Island first-team selection by Newsday … named a tri-state legend by the New York Daily News following his senior season … previous honorees on the legend team include Elton Brand, Tim Thomas and Ron Artest … was honored as a member of the legend team at Madison Square Garden on April 29, 1999 prior to a New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers game … all-state Class A selection by the N.Y. state sportswriters association … all-city first-team selection by the New York Post following his outstanding senior season … named the MVP of the Sugar City Classic as he led Luthern to the tournament championship in Savannah, Ga., his senior season … scored 39 points and was named the Nassau County team MVP of the 10th annual Lupus All-Star Basketball Classic prior to the start of his senior season … scored 31 second-half points as he attempted to pull Nassau back into the game in the closing minutes … was a giant in the 1999 state federation Class A Tournament semifinals against Rice of Manhattan on March 26, 1999, with career-high 33 points on 12-of-23 shooting (.522) from the field to go along with six rebounds and two steals … Rice, ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time of the game, outslugged Lutheran, 75-65 … totaled 33 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as Lutheran defeated Providence Day School of Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 15 of his senior season … scored 26 of Lutheran’s 51 points against Marist of New Jersey in the Nike Super Six Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 17, 1999 … scored 29 points on senior night to lead Lutheran past Chaminade and help the Crusaders finish their regular season with a 21-3 record … the victory capped an undefeated season at home and a perfect 9-0 record during the month of February … Lutheran’s 1997 team won the state championship as it defeated the Ron Artest-led LaSalle Academy team in the semifinals … was an All-Long Island second team honoree as a junior when he averaged 18 points per game … led the Crusaders to the state federation championship game with a 23-point performance in the semifinal round against Grady High School of Brooklyn … added 26 points in the title game against Rice … coached by Ronn Hall … a crowd favorite at the annual Capital Classic All-Star game at MCI Center following his senior season … played in Cole Field House for the first time during the 1998 Charlie Weber Tournament.
Personal: Andrew Lawrence Nicholas … born May 17, 1981 … son of Yvonne and Darryl Nicholas … majoring in government and politics … a brother, Chris, starred collegiately at Colgate … Drew was once a ballboy for the Raiders.
Nicholas’ Career Highs Category #Opponent/Date Points .................27 vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99 FG .....................9 vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99 FGA ....................16 at North Carolina, 2-10-01 3FG ....................4 vs. Dayton, 11-22-00 ........................4 vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99 3FGA ...................8 at Georgia Tech, 2-6-01 FT .....................5 vs. Duke, 3-31-01 ........................5 vs. Wisconsin, 11-29-00 ........................5 vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99 FTA ....................8 vs. Duke, 1-27-01 Rebounds ...............5 four times Assists ................10 vs. Virginia, 3-3-01 Blocks .................2 vs. Delaware State, 11-24-01 Steals .................4 vs. Tulane, 11-19-99 Minutes ................28 vs. Florida State, 3-10-00 ........................28 vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99
Nicholas' Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. OR-DR Reb-Avg.PF-D Ast To Blk St Pts.-Avg. 1999-00 35-0 551-15 .764-152 .421 31-92 .337 18-29 .621 9-29 38-1.1 47-0 50 31 4 16 177-5.1 2000-01 36-0 596-16 .685-172 .494 34-81 .420 33-47 .702 17-39 56-1.6 44-0 86 45 5 22 237-6.6 2001-02 36-1 737-20 .582-172 .477 38-96 .396 53-66 .803 10-71 81-2.3 47-0 88 37 12 16 255-7.1 Career 107-1 1884-17 .6231-496.466 103-269 .383 104-142 .732 36-139 175-1.6 138-0 224 113 21 54 669-6.3