Nelson Has Plenty of Options

Reeves Nelson, the 6-7 junior forward from Modesto (Calif.) Christian who is ranked the #30 prospect in the national class of 2009, had a terrific summer and many of the top programs in the country have offered him and are pursuing him...

Reeves Nelson, 6-7 JR PF Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian, is one of the elite prospects in the class of 2009. A terrific competitor, Nelson is an outstanding offensive rebounder – one of the best I've seen in several years. Nelson's ball skills on the perimeter are good for a four man, but not exceptional. His shot is adequate at this time, but that's definitely an area that he can work on.

While some might project him at the three in college, I think his body is going to dictate that he play at the four. He's a big, strong kid and he would be a very tough matchup for most college power forwards. It's possible he'll play some three, but I think he'll have an easier time defending power forwards two years from now. In any event, he figures to be one of the more heavily recruited players in the country.

I spoke with Nelson earlier today and he told me he's just now recovering from a summer injury.

"I had bone spurs on top of my ankle, as well as inflamed tendon," said Nelson. "So I've been doing strengthening exercises, with laser therapy, as well as ice. It's starting to feel better and in a week or so I'll be able to test it out."

I asked Nelson if he has a list of schools he's considering.

"No, I don't have a list," said Nelson. "I'm open to hearing from anyone right now."

Nelson said a few programs have been out to see him at his high school.

"Coach Howland from UCLA, Coach Braun from Cal, Coach Holliday from North Carolina and Coach Floyd from USC," said Nelson.

Nelson said location is not really an issue in his recruitment.

"I'm looking for a good coach, good players and winning – winning is a big part of it," said Nelson. "Good academics are important, but most schools have good academics."

A long list of schools extended offers to Nelson.

"UCLA, Washington, USC, North Caroline, Duke, Cal, Arizona, Stanford, Florida, Georgetown, Texas….those are some of them," said Nelson.

Nelson said he plans on visiting a few schools this winter.

"I'm going to take an unofficial visit to North Carolina and Duke during the season," said Nelson. "I'm not sure if I'll take any official visits. I might be decided by the time it comes for official visits (next fall)."

Bruin Report Online Top Stories