Maryland scouts were in attendance during the AAU National Championship in Orlando, Fla. this summer. The trip was a huge success for Nelson. BABC were crowned champions for the second year in a row, and Maryland expressed hints of interest in the junior from Central Catholic High School.
“I haven't talked to them personally, but my coaches have,” Nelson said.
His AAU coaches keep Nelson updated on the conversations they have with Maryland.
Though Nelson is happy about the interest, he wants to get in touch with the Terps personally before making any decisions.
“Obviously, it's pretty cool that a school like that would express interest on me,” he said. “I haven't talked to them personally, so until that happens I'm not going to take it too serious.”
Maryland's interest is indicative of Nelson gradual rise in notoriety in the 2014 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 165- pound shooting guard was named on ESPN Boston's all-state team last semester, and he is considered one of the best shooters in the state. Nelson shot 42 percent from three last season and averaged 15.5 points per game.
“My best attribute on the court is definitely my shooting - that's what I am good at,” he said. “Shooting is my bread and butter.”
Nelson thinks that he could work on increasing his size, which, in turn, could help him on the defensive end. Going into this high school season, he wants to work on becoming a balanced player on both sides of the court.
“Physically, getting a little stronger will help defensively with me,” Nelson said. “I've been working on my all around game, playing pretty much every single day.”
Nelson has garnered interest from Boston University, Vermont, Harvard and Quinnipiac; he also holds an offer from division II program UMass Lowell.
He said that he has no list of favorites at the moment, but added that Boston has been recruiting him the hardest.
“BU has been expressing the most interest so I'd really like to think that that is the number one school that's - division one wise - been talking to me.”
Nelson has yet announce a timeline for the recruiting process, and elected to concentrate on the high school season before thinking about the future. If he can improve from his sophomore season, he can possibly create a name for himself on the national recruiting landscape.
“I'm just going to play this year out and see which schools are interested, then go into next year, take a lot of visits after the season and start to get into the process of recruitment.”