Hoops Recruiting: Nelson To Visit OSU

Phil Nelson, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Keizer (Ore.) McNary, caught the attention of college basketball coaches all across the country with his play this past summer. It didn't take long for the Oklahoma State coaching staff to take notice of Nelson, ranked as the 66th best player in the nation by Scout.com and the 13th-best small forward prospect. GoPokes.com visited with Nelson on Wednesday night and asked him to update us on his recruiting.

Nelson, one of the top performers while playing in tournaments all across the nation, is sought by college coaches because of his ability to play a number of positions – from point guard to power forward. But he's be recruited as a shooting guard or small forward.

"I shot the ball well this summer and really started getting a lot of calls. Oklahoma State just recently got involved, probably in the past month or so. That's later than most people but there's interest on my part," said Nelson, who said he will visit Oklahoma State the second weekend of October.

"There are no pro (basketball) teams in Oklahoma, and I know the college game is bigger down there than it is in a lot of other places. I really like the way they get up and down the floor and how they teach their players to play an NBA-type of defense."

Nelson averaged 22 points and nine rebounds this past summer, and is looking forward to his senior year.

"I like to run down the court, get up and down, and I can shoot threes," he said. "I don't mind getting physical inside, but my game is really from the outside. I really have a lot of fun while I'm playing."

Nelson will visit Gonzaga (Sept. 9), Georgia Tech (Sept. 16) and Washington (Sept. 23) before making his trip to Stillwater. He says he is considering taking his fifth official visit to either USC or Texas.

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