Bucknell's lone senior ... looking to bounce back from an injury that marred what had started as an outstanding junior season ... dangerous outside threat who blossomed into one of Bucknell's most important players late in his sophomore year ... can be a deadly 3-point shooter, but has also worked hard on all facets of his game ... has excellent height for a small forward and has added bulk as well over his career ... can also play the "4" position ... long arms help make him a solid defender and rebounder ... will almost certainly see key minutes in 2004-05.
2003-04 Started the first 10 games at small forward but broke a bone in his right hand early in the Penn State game and missed the next 11 contests ... returned from the injury just as the Bison were rolling to a 10-1 stretch and had a tough time getting minutes down the stretch ... started the season opener at Michigan State and tallied eight points on 3 of 4 shooting, including two big 3-pointers in succession that have Bucknell a 43-39 second-hald lead ... scored 11 points, including the team's first eight of the game, vs. Niagara ... registered first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Ursinus ... twice recorded a career-high four assists, against Northwestern and Norfolk State ... had solid 22-13 assist-turnover ratio ... also blocked nine shots, including four vs. Ursinus.
2002-03 Enjoyed best collegiate season, appearing in 23 games and drawing seven starts ... averaged just over four minutes per game and had six DNPs through Jan. 11, but averaged nearly 19 minutes per game the rest of the way ... exploded for career-high 18 points (doubling previous high), making 6 of 11 3-point attempts in a nationally televised home win over Navy (2/14/03) ... added 11 points in a win at Lafayette one game later ... career-high eight rebounds vs. Holy Cross (2/28/03) ... finished fourth on the team with 19 treys ... shot 38.5% (15-39) from beyond arc in league play.
2001-02 Appeared in 18 games off the bench and was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... made headlines for the first time with two big 3-pointers in Bucknell's 76-56 rout of Navy (2/6/02) ... his six points in that game marked a career high, and all of them came early in the game when the outcome was in doubt ... also appeared in the first half of a win at Colgate (1/23/02), and in three minutes of action drained a 3-pointer, took a charge and stuffed a shot ... contributed an important trey in three-point win at Army (2/9/02) ... performed very well in a handful of junior varsity games, including a 30-point effort against Scranton ... in varsity action, totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds ... shot 41.7 percent (5-12) from 3-point range ... played career-high 14 minutes against American (2/13/02).
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL Earned three letters in basketball at Middletown North H.S. ... named first-team All-Shore Conference and All-Monmouth County as a senior ... second-team all-county and third-team all-conference as a junior ... averaged 19.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 4.0 apg for head coach Jeff Kleinbaum ... son of Paula and Peter Niesz ... enrolled in Bucknell's Bachelor of Arts program ... born Dec. 14, 1982.