Nelson Ready To Take His Official Visit

Despite committing to the Blue Devils nearly two full years ago, the best backcourt prospect on the west coast is still getting overtures from many of big time college programs. Thankfully those will stop around the middle of November when the letter of intent is signed. However before that day a few things have to take place.

Before he makes his two year old verbal commitment official with a signature, Sheldon High standout DeMarcus Nelson will be taking an official visit to Duke this weekend to take in the midnight madness celebrations in Cameron among other things. Its a visit that is over two years in the making, after Nelson verbally committed to Duke in May of 2001.

I'm definitely excited about getting to Duke and seeing the guys again," said Nelson in a Tuesday night interview. "I'm also looking forward to finally getting to watch an event in Cameron as a fan. That's not something I will get to do for the next four years, so it'll be a chance to see things in another way."

Nelson and his family will be traveling to Durham Thursday afternoon and will be settling in that evening. "Were going to be staying with some friends while we are there," said Ron Nelson. "Demarcus visit doesnt start until Friday, but well have a chance to get settled in and no one will be jet lagged when its time to start."

While at Duke, Nelson is scheduled to meet with the coaching staff to discuss any concerns, as well as catch up with one another. DeMarcus will also be attending classes with his future teammates before attending Midnight Madness on Friday night. Though he wont be participating on the court Friday, Nelson will in fact be able to compete in pick up action with the team on Saturday afternoon.

Once his visit concludes, the next big event will be for him to sign his national letter of intent and FAX it to the basketball office, which will put an end to the covert recruiting that has plagued the Nelson camp since he announced his commitment.

"There are some schools out there who are continuing to let me know theyd like me to come to school there, but theres nothing they can do to change my mind. Im set on Duke, and thats about it."

While those schools will remain nameless, the Nelson camp did mention that a few of the schools are big names in the college basketball world.

After transferring from Vallejo to Sheldon, many analysts wonder if Nelson will be able to replicate the kind of numbers he routinely put up as an Apache. Blessed with a couple of true post players on the roster for the first time in his career, Nelson will be able to concentrate on playing on the perimeter instead of in the paint, which could lead to more big nights.

"I've set a number of goals for this season. First I want to help my team win a state championship, and I want to break the state scoring record. I'm only about 900 points from that right now, and I believe I can get there."

Should he indeed break that record, Nelson would be a lock for the annual McDonalds All American game, which is another one of his goals.

"He set that goal for himself back in the eighth grade," said Ron. "Now he's put himself in a position to finally get there. Hes very motivated and now hes just got to take care of business."

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