USA: Nelson Gets UNC Offer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The spring evaluation period was certainly good to Reeves Nelson. The Modesto (Calif.) Christian standout received interest from coast to coast and is starting to pick up scholarship offers.

Playing on one of the most well known traveling squads on the circuit, Nelson has been able to show his talents. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward was hoping to do the same in Colorado Springs, but he's hampered with an ankle injury.

"It still hurts, but I just figured I'd try and play just to see how it feels," Nelson said following his first time on the court Saturday. "I'm not sure if I'm going to play tomorrow or not. It was hard to jump off two feet.

"I was excited to play against the best competition in the country, but it's unfortunate that I got hurt. But there's nothing I could do about that."

Although he hasn't been able to play much at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, Nelson has been able to pick up his phone, which has been full of phone calls and text messages.

"It's pretty crazy," he said. "It's just been a blessing because I've kind of blown up since I started playing with Pump N' Run. I'm just listening to whatever everyone is saying."

At this point Nelson has heard the most from North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, LSU and Texas. According to Nelson, all six schools have offered a scholarship.

The talented rising junior recently spoke to Roy Williams and Nelson got the feeling that the Tar Heels are making him a priority in their 2009 class.

"I talked to him on the phone for like 15 or 20 minutes," said Nelson, who was offered during the call. "That was good. He's a really nice guy.

"He said ‘We are going to recruit you as hard as anyone can, and if anyone recruits you harder then they are cheating.' That's basically it."

Following the USA Festival, Nelson will finish up the summer playing with Pump N' Run, which also features 2008 stars Larry Drew (UNC) and Jrue Holiday. Their first tournament in July is the adidas Take 5ive event, which is being held in Cincinnati.

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