Florida Hoops Junior to Remain a Gator

After a bunch of rumors about whether PG Brett Nelson would return to UF for his senior season, Nelson said that he will play for the Gators next year. In doing so, he is bypassing the NBA Draft.

University of Florida guard Brett Nelson will return for his senior season, head basketball coach Billy Donovan announced Monday.

Nelson, a 6-4, 192-pound guard from St. Albans West Virginia, was considering entering his name in the upcoming National Basketball Association Draft on June 26th, but has opted to remain in Gainesville for the 2002-03 season.

"I know Brett is 100 percent committed to being a Florida Gator, but like most kids Brett wanted to look at his options at the next level," said Donovan. "After spending time with his family this weekend, Brett has made a decision to come back for his senior season. I'm excited to have the opportunity to coach Brett for another season."

"After talking to my family and the coaching staff I've made a decision to return to Florida for my senior season," said Nelson. "When I made a decision to come to the University of Florida I had dreams and goals I wanted to achieve. I have achieved some of them but there is unfinished business on the table. I want to graduate from college, win championships and improve my game on all levels. It's been a great three years here and I can't wait for my senior season to start."

A two-time All Southeastern Conference selection, Nelson averaged 14.6 points per game for the 22-9 Gators last year. He ranked third in the SEC and 16th nationally with 3.12 three pointers per game. His .395 three point field goal percentage ranked sixth best in the league, but he led the conference with a .451 mark in league games only. Nelson established a school-record last year by connecting on a three-pointer in 33 consecutive games, the sixth longest streak in SEC history. He will enter his senior year with 228 career three pointers, just 15 shy of the school record held by Greg Stolt.

Nelson will be one of four seniors on the 2002-03 Florida roster, the most on a Gator squad since 1996-97.

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