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Player Background
By Matthew Maurer
12/20/08

Nivins demonstrated great aptitude for the game of baseball growing up and dreamed of making it big in the major league. He perceived basketball as nothing more than a recreational sport to engage in after baseball season's end. That is until his high school freshman year when he decided to give basketball a try due in large part to a growth spurt and the support of his father. This made the transition to hoops a natural progression.

With his first year of organized ball under his belt Nivins proved to be a non-factor, but in his sophomore year he showed great promise. Due to luke warm competition Nivins soon transferred to basketball powerhouse St. Anthony where he learned under the tutelage of Coach Hurley. The move paid off as his play the following year at the ABCD camp earned the eyes of local schools Rutgers and Seton Hall. Before the start of his senior season Nivins ended his recruitment after an enjoyable visit to St. Joseph's sealed the deal. Nivins stated that head coach Phil Martelli made him feel very comfortable. The top 150 prospect averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks per game before bowing out of the state tournament against rival high school St. Patrick's. Upon entering St. Joseph's Nivins slowly developed into a dependable low post threat after a modest freshman year where he earned all-rookie honors in the Atlantic-10 conference. His biggest obstacle is to develop a better presence on the boards and keep his intensity level and focus consistent.

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 St. Joseph's

30

61.3

00.0

70.6

0.4

1.3

  5.0

0.3

 6.1

2006-07 St. Joseph's

31

63.1

00.0

67.8

1.0

1.0

  7.6

0.4

16.6

2007-08 St. Joseph's

33

64.7

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74.1

0.7

1.2

  5.8

0.5

14.4

2008-09 St. Joseph's

32

61.2

00.0

78.7

0.8

1.8

11.8

1.0

19.2

DIV I Totals

126

62.6

00.0

72.9

0.7

1.3

  7.6

0.6

14.2

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