BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head coach Jim Whitesell has announced his first signing for the upcoming season in junior college standout David Nickelberry. A 6-7 wing out of Orlando, FL, Nickelberry played at Trinity Valley CC last season, after spending his freshman season at Memphis.
Nickelberry averaged 15.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during his lone season at Trinity Valley. He shot 53.4% from the field and just over 30% from three-point range. Nickelberry went over the 20-point mark six times, including a pair of 29-point games against Pensacola State College and Jacksonville College. His Cardinals squad also advanced to the NJCAA Men's Basketball National Tournament where he scored 19 points in the first game against Shelton State Community College. Following the year, Nickelberry was a second-team all-conference selection.
"David is an extremely skilled and versatile player that will help fill the void left by Jeremy Harris," said Whitesell. "He can play anywhere on the floor and his size will make him a matchup problem for a lot of teams. He compliments the talent that we have coming back very well and was impressed with our culture here of making the extra pass and sharing the basketball. We are excited to get him on campus this summer."
Nickelberry played his freshman season at Memphis, where he saw action in 33 games. He averaged 2.8 points per game, including 14 points twice in games against Loyola (MD) and USF. Following the performance against Loyola, Nickelberry was named the AAC Rookie of the Week.
Nickelberry played his high school ball at Windermere Prep where he was a second-team All-Central Florida selection and the FACA Class 5A District Player of the year. In 28 games he averaged 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.1 steals per game, while scoring in double-figures 21 times with seven games of 20+ points and another with a season-high 30 points in a win at St. Nickelberry had nine games of double-digit rebounds, and five with double-digit assists. He had three triple-doubles during the season including 12 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds against Coronado, 17 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds against Jones, and 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists against Trinity Prep.
In 2015-16 he averaged 16.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 3.1 steals per game, helping his Windermere Prep team to a 27-5 overall record, and a 10-0 mark in District 10, and the Class 3A State Championship. In the state title game, Nickelberry scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, while also grabbing a game-high four steals and adding seven rebounds.
Nickelberry was a USA Basketball U18 training camp invite in 2017.