West Won This Battle For Nelson

The pieces are beginning to come together for this Pac-10 power. On Sunday, Phil Nelson wasted little time in returning home from a visit and making his decision.

The Washington Huskies have been very picky this recruiting season. Apparently, you must be a Top 100 player to play for Lorenzo Romar. On Sunday, Romar and Co. landed their third Top 100 commitment of the year.

After returning home from a weekend visit in Seattle, 6-foot-7 wing Phil Nelson committed to the Huskies over Georgia Tech. In the end, distance played a major factor in the final decision.

"It came in quite a bit," Nelson said of the distance. "I had to stay home. It's kind of difficult to go all the way across the country and Georgia Tech's on the East Coast."

Nelson, the owner of a big time stroke, has carved out quite a niche for himself at Keizer (Ore.) McNary High. Scout.com's No. 66 prospect says shooting is in his blood but he's more than just a perimeter ace.

"I was born to shoot. A lot of people see me as just a shooter but the last two coaches recruiting me see me as more.

"In (Washington's) program they don't have one spot. I just fit in as a guard somewhere who can shoot. They think if I work, I can get good minutes as a freshman and have an impact coming in."

Speaking of impacts, UW is hoping the Class of 2006 leaves its mark on the program. Quincy Pondexter is the highest-rated of the three recruits at No. 27. Adrian Oliver, a guard out of California checks in at 92 and Nelson cracked the Top 70.

Of course, there is one more big timer that Romar would love to see have a cup of coffee in Seattle before making money in the pros. Hometown standout Spencer Hawes, Scout.com's No. 3-ranked prospect visited Stanford this past weekend and UNC prior to that. Washington is the other finalist.

Nelson's all about chipping in to aide the situation. "I'll help out however I can. It would be great to see him come but I think the coaches have done a good job with that one. I think we have a good chance."

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