After receiving national recruiting attention, Nelson committed to UCLA.
"He has potential to be the best player to ever come out of this area – period," Modesto Christian athletic director Greg Pearce told Scout.com. "I see Reeves at UCLA between 1-3 years, that's my prediction. He's got that type of talent to do that and I think UCLA would agree with me on that. When it's all said and done he could be our highest profile player. The potential is there to be that."
"He called Coach Howland last night and threw his hat in the ring to play for the Bruins," Brian Nelson, Reeves father told Scout.com.
A bruising forward, Nelson fits Howland's style of play extremely well. He's a solid athlete who brings a hard-nosed identity to Howland's frontcourt.
There's a lot that goes into a college selection, but at the end of the day it was hard to overlook UCLA's successes – past and future – when making the call. Plus, like in the real estate game its location, location, and location.
"I think it's fair to say location played a part," Brian Nelson said. "Staying on the West Coast Reeves is close to family and friends and those that love him will get to watch him regularly."
In the last week, three big men popped for North Carolina. UCLA was involved with each. Those decisions raised the awareness of Nelson. As is often the case, one commitment fuels another and so on and so forth.
UCLA, Duke and North Carolina were the final choices, according to Nelson's father.