Phil Nelson Favors Pac-10 School

Phil Nelson has always been watched by the Pac-10 schools - and the coaches have always known about his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. But his display at ABCD Camp earned him a few admirers outside of Pac-10 country.

There was no better shooter from long range at ABCD Camp than Phil Nelson. It seemed as though every time he let the ball fly from beyond the three-point arc, observers expected it would fall to the bottom of the net.

The long 6-foot-7 ½, 200-pound McNary High (Ore.) forward, who averaged 21.4 points as a junior, was basically a west coast target entering July – but he came out with an ACC school on his trail.

Nelson told that Washington and Gonzaga were his co-leaders entering July and that both had offered. The Huskies remain on top, but another school from the southeast has knocked the Zags down a spot on the totem pole.

``Washington is still up there and I'm favoring them a little bit, but now Georgia Tech is right behind them," Nelson said.

Nelson admits he still needs to become more aggressive in putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the basket, but he was far from one-dimensional this summer – and that will earn him a place in the updated Top 100 rankings.

Not settling for the perimeter shot isn't the only thing that Nelson is working on. He admits to struggling his freshman year in the classroom, but says he's realized how important academics are to his future and has watched his GPA rise to a 2.4.

``I just had some bad habits going back to middle school," Nelson said. "But I've changed that now." Nelson, who is also receiving interest from Texas, Oregon and Oregon State, said that he has already set up a trio of official visits. He'll start with Gonzaga the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 9), followed by trips to Georgia Tech and Washington over the next two weekends.

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