Nelson Planning UNC Visit

The Tar Heels have offered scholarships to a number of power forwards in the 2009 class and Reeves Nelson is among the group. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Modesto (Calif.) Christian prospect appears to be one of UNC's top junior targets.

To go with interest from UNC, Nelson is also getting strong interest from California, UCLA, USC, Duke, Florida and Georgetown. With scholarships already on the table from each school, it's clear he has plenty of options.

Having already seen California and UCLA, Nelson – ranked the No. 10 power forward and No. 30 overall in the junior class by Scout.com – is looking to see a few more programs. In February he's going to get that chance, as he'll make a trip to see a pair of ACC schools.

"This winter during the season sometime, I think in February, I'm going to fly back to North Carolina to visit North Carolina and Duke when they play some games," Nelson told Inside Carolina.

The Tar Heels appear to have made Nelson a priority, as they recently sent assistant coach Joe Holladay out to Modesto Christian, while Roy Williams has kept in constant contact.

"They can only call once a month, I guess, but Coach Holladay came in," Nelson said. "He flew in to talk to me a little bit during lunch period and once every month I talk to Coach Williams. I did talk to Coach Holladay once, but it's mainly Coach Williams."

With his high school season rapidly approaching, Nelson is trying to focus on getting healthy, as he spent the majority of the summer trying to recover from an inflamed tendon on his right ankle.

"That was pretty frustrating because whenever I tried to play my hardest it just hurt too bad," Nelson said. "I just decided that I needed to sit out until it stopped hurting completely. It still hurts a little bit now, but I can just play through the pain I guess."

With the pain still there, Nelson's plan is to just play on it. With a scrimmage game tonight and his first game of the season on December 6th, Nelson's main goal is to improve his conditioning.

"I'm just trying to get back into shape because I basically started playing again after my injury right when the high school season started," he said. "I've just been running a lot and trying to get my wind back."

Nelson will team up with California commit D.J. Seeley this year and he has high expectations for the season.

"We'll be really good," Nelson said. "We have a couple of people from last year's team back and we have a transfer from up North that's going to Cal on a full ride, so he's pretty good. He has to sit out 30 days, but once he gets back we'll be really good."

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