The 6-foot-6, 235-pound forward was runnerup for Gatorade player of the year in California in 2011 after averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds for a 24-8 Sheldon High School team in Sacramento County. He was a four-time all-league and all-state selection and ranked No. 5 in scoring in northern California history, No. 17 in the state. He scored 49 points in a state playoff game against Castro Valley and had three 50-point games as well. He ranked No. 2 in scoring in the San Joaquin Section behind his brother, DeMarcus, who played four seasons at Duke and later with the Golden State Warriors.
CalHi Sports ranked Nelson as the fifth best small forward prospect from California and ESPN had him No. 58 in the nation.
Nelson will become the 16th Div. I transfer to play for Coach Bob Burton, currently in his ninth season. He will be No. 39 since the program went to Div. I in 1975. The current roster boasts six active and two redshirting Div. I transfers.
Ironically, one of the few players to leave Fullerton for another Div. I program currently is at UTEP in point guard Jacques Streeter.