Oregon sharpshooter looking for offers

Phil Nelson can shoot. Make no doubt about it, the Portland small forward can stroke it from the outside. While he is still trying to solidify offers, he is proving to be an interesting prospect.

Nelson does not have a ton of offers at this point. He will have to use the summer to prove that he is athletic enough to play small forward at a high level. He does have nice length, height and, of course, that sweet stroke.

Pencil this kid in as one of the top outside shooters in the camp – and maybe the country," said recruiting coordinator "He's long and can really stroke it from deep."

The downside to Nelson is that he is not as athletic as other elite wings. He's a top-100 player and Scout.com's 13th rated small forward, but he has to prove to coaches that he can put that ball on the floor and defend quick wings.

Right now he is listing Washington, Arizona, UConn and Gonzaga. He claims no leaders, but admits that Washington is on him the hardest. He used to list Oregon State quite a bit, and although he failed to mention the Beavers this time out, Jay John was seen at a number of his games.

The Wildcats have not offered Nelson a scholarship, but he still likes the Wildcats quite a bit.

"Lute Olson's a good coach and he's had them as a good program for a long time."

In addition to a good head coach, Nelson is looking for a school that has a consistently winning program and solid academics. Though the offers are not pouring in, Nelson has had fun in the recruiting circuit.

"It's fun," Nelson said. "I've been getting to know a lot of new people."

Right now the Cats are looking more at players Like Chase Budinger, Quincy Pondexter and Seth Tarver. Nelson will have to show a lot over the summer to climb into that group, but with his outside shot, anything is possible.


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