Nelson talks about commitment to UW

As reported on Dawgman.com Sunday afternoon, Keizer, Oregon wing Phil Nelson committed to Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar during his official visit this weekend. Dawgman.com was able to get in touch with the 6-7 sharp-shooter Sunday evening and he talked about his commitment and the reasons he decided to become a Husky.

"Saturday night I committed," Nelson said when he decided to pull the trigger. "The comfort level with the coaches and players was just really good.

"It was at (Romar's) house. We came back later when nobody else was there. It was just my mom, my dad and myself. He was really happy. We all were happy."

Nelson flew to Seattle on Thursday night and got off to an early start on Friday at 8 a.m. with a couple of meetings and then participated in a pickup game with the players.

"Jamaal Williams, Artem (Wallace), (Jon) Brockman, (Joe) Wolfinger and Brandon Roy were there," Nelson said, admitting that Roy's abilities were very impressive. "They were all good, but Brandon really stood out. He's so quick, it's unbelievable."

Saturday, Nelson and his parents took in the Washington/Notre Dame football game with Romar and while the Dawgs didn't play well on the field, the crowd impressed him.

"They didn't play too well, but it was a great atmosphere," Nelson said. "It's obvious the students and fans really have a lot of respect for (Romar)."

Besides his parents, accompanying Nelson everywhere he went on his visit was something that never seems to leave his side. "I carry my basketball everywhere," Nelson said laughing. "I take it to class, to bed, into stores – everywhere. I started doing that last year. It just feels comfortable. Every time I see a hoop, I'll shoot."

Now with his commitment out of the way, Nelson said he's looking forward to finish his senior season with a bang. "It's a relief," Nelson acknowledged. "I don't have all that going through my mind anymore – like who or where I want to go. Having it figured out, it's over now. Now I can concentrate on school and my season."

Recently, Nelson had made mention that Georgia Tech had pulled even with Washington following his visit to Atlanta, but he said there was a good reason for that.

"I think they pulled even because I hadn't been to Washington yet," Nelson admitted. "I went to Georgia Tech and had a good time, but it wasn't good enough to commit. Once I got to Washington it was just the right place."

So what made the difference?

"The coaches, they're really good guys," Nelson said. "They've recruited me the longest of all the schools and they're close to home."

Soon Nelson will call Montlake home and Romar and his staff have a place just outside the three-point arch at Hec Ed set aside for the young man from the Beaver State.

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