Ankle Injury Can't Keep Nelson Down

This past summer certainly didn't go as Reeves Nelson planned, as he suffered an ankle injury that held him out of a number of events. With the high school season approaching, Nelson is still dealing with some pain, but he's hoping to play through it.

Reeves Nelson was invited to all of the top camps this past summer, but unfortunately the Modesto (Calif.) Christian standout didn't get to do much playing at them, due to an inflamed tendon in his right ankle.

"That was pretty frustrating because whenever I tried to play my hardest it just hurt too bad," Nelson said. "I just decided that I needed to sit out until it stopped hurting completely. It still hurts a little bit now, but I can just play through the pain I guess."

Despite the injury, he made the trip to a number of the camps and tried to give it a go. At the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival he participated in two games, and managed to average 7.5 points per contest.

"[The doctor] said there isn't anything they can do for it except rest it and that isn't really an option right now," Nelson said.

Resting his foot isn't an option because he's prepping for his junior season at Modesto Christian. The talented combo forward, who will team up with California commit D.J. Seeley for the first time this year, is focusing on his conditioning.

"I'm just trying to get back into shape because I basically started playing again after my injury right when the high school season started," Nelson said. "I've just been running a lot and trying to get my wind back."

Nelson and his high school squad had their first scrimmage this past weekend and they have a preseason game tonight. They don't kick off their season until December 6th.

When the season starts, coaches will start making their way to see Nelson, who is ranked No. 30 overall. During the off-season a number of coaches came in to see him, including Ben Braun, Ben Howland and Tim Floyd.

To go with interest from California, UCLA and USC, Nelson is also receiving strong interest from North Carolina, Duke, Florida and Georgetown.

"I've just been talking to coaches whenever they call and reading the mail," Nelson said about his recruitment. "I haven't really paid a lot of attention to it or thought about it because I've been focusing on my playing."

Although he's not focused on his recruitment, he has taken unofficial visits to UCLA and California.

"They were really good," he said of the two trips. "I got to talk to both of their coaching staffs and they just talked to me about their programs and what they are trying to do. They were both really good."

Nelson, who is ranked as the 10th best power forward in the class of 2009, is also planning to take a trip to North Carolina in February to check out both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.

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