Recruiting heating up for Nelson

After visiting Gonzaga University this past weekend, Mc Nary (Keizer, Or) HS wing Phil Nelson is preparing for his second official visit, as he heads to Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech this weekend. Nelson update Dawgman.com on how things went on his visit to the Kennel this past weekend and what his thoughts are in regards to where he may end up playing his college basketball.

"Adam Morrison was my host over there," Nelson said about his visit to Gonzaga. "I hadn't ever met him before, but I had seen him play. They say I play a lot like him so I think that's why they had him be my host."

Nelson was busy on his visit to Spokane, meeting the team and seeing the campus, but there was no disputing what his favorite part of the trip was. "Playing with the players (on Friday night)," Nelson said without hesitating. "Getting used to how they play and how unselfish they are, that was the best part of the trip – just the playing.

"Erroll (Knight) can really jump high. I'd never seen him before. Adam Morrison is really good. (Derek) Raivio is a really good point guard for them. He can shoot really well too. They were all great players."

Another thing that stood out was the attitude of the student body.

"Everyone on campus is all about basketball," Nelson said. "That is a pretty big thing in my opinion. I think (the visit) was a little more than I expected, as far as the school goes."

Next up on Nelson's itinerary is a trip out east, as he heads to the Peach State to visit Georgia Tech. "I'm interested to see what (Georgia Tech) is like," Nelson said matter-of-factly. "I expect it to be pretty much the same as Gonzaga, except bigger. They play good basketball down there."

As far as a leader, Nelson still lists Washington as his favorite and Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar will get to make his pitch this Wednesday (September 14th) when he visits Nelson at his home.

"I talked to coach Romar the other night," Nelson said. "We talk about how school is going and how excited they are for my visit."

That visit will happen the weekend of September 24th and expect the Huskies to put on the "full-court" press when he's at Montlake.

Nelson, for his part, is non-committal, but he did mention one little tidbit that should make Husky fans happy.

"I think I'm probably going to end up staying on the west coast, but I'm not sure yet," Nelson said coyly.

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