2005-06 (Red Shirt Sophomore): In his first season with the Aggies, Nelson made an immediate impact on his new team and new conference as he became the first NMSU sophomore to earn first team all-conference accolades since Slab Jones in 1978. He was also named to the All-WAC Newcomer Team and earned Xbox Live WAC Player of the Week honors twice last season. He ended the year as the only player on the Aggies’ roster to start all 30 games last season. Nelson finished his first year in the WAC ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (17.8) and rebounding (8.7) while his boards per game average ranked him 50th among all Division I players. He also finished third in the league and 42nd nationally in field goal percentage (.551) and sixth in steals per game (1.60). In league play, Nelson was even better as he ended the season second in scoring (19.3) and field goal percentage (.559) while ranking third in rebounding (9.4). Nelson tied for the third most double-doubles of any player in the conference with 12 and set the league-high mark for steals in a game with eight against New Mexico (Dec. 13). Nelson led or tied for the team lead in scoring 18 times last season, including six of the team’s last seven games. He scored 10 or more points in 25 of 30 games and hit the 20-point plateau 13 times. Nelson led the Aggies in shooting as he connected on 55.1 percent from the floor and finished second on the team at the free-throw line (.755). He shot 50 percent or better from the field in 25 games and 80 percent or better from the charity stripe 15 times. Nelson was also a force on the boards as he finished the year with 10 or more rebounds in 12 contests. Nelson dished out two or more assists in 15 games last season and grabbed multiple assists in 13 games. After scoring over 10 points just twice in the Aggies’ first four games, Nelson erupted offensively over the next two months as he scored in double figures 12 times over the next 13 games, including a nine-game stretch from Dec. 20 to Jan. 28. In his first showdown with I-25 rival New Mexico (Dec. 3), Nelson recorded the second double-double of his Aggie career with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Aggies took down the Lobos for the first time in the last four meetings. In just 22 minutes of action, Nelson was 5-for-10 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line. At the University of San Francisco Invitational (Dec. 9-10), Nelson averaged 14.5 points and 10 rebounds as the Aggies finished in third place. Against tournament host San Francisco in the opening round, Nelson notched his third double-double as he scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Nelson was 9-for-9 from the charity stripe while blocking one shot and grabbing two steals. In his second meeting with the Lobos (Dec. 13), Nelson again came up big as he finished with 23 points and a career-high eight steals in an overtime loss at the Pit. Nelson finished the game 8-for-13 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists. In a win over Texas-San Antonio (Dec. 20), Nelson posted a career high in scoring (31) and tied a career mark in rebounding (16) as the Aggies edged the Roadrunners, 74-72. Nelson finished the game 10-for-18 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line. In a showdown with Bobby Knight and Texas Tech (Dec. 29), Nelson led the Aggies to a near upset of the Red Raiders as he finished with 22 points and nine rebounds while grabbing two steals. Despite playing just 18 minutes before fouling out at Boise State (Jan. 7), Nelson recorded his first WAC double-double against the Broncos with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In his first matchup with Hawai’i (Jan. 14), Nelson was again an all-around force as he finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 87-84 win over the Rainbow Wahine. Nelson was 7-for-14 from the field and 14-of-16 from the free-throw line in the three-point victory. In a road contest at San Jose State (Jan. 28), Nelson rebounded from a three-point first half to score 25 points in the second session and lead the Aggies to a come-from-behind overtime win over the Spartans. Nelson finished the game 9-for-15 from the field and 10-for-14 from the charity stripe while grabbing 11 rebounds. In back-to-back games against Nevada (Feb. 4 & 9), Nelson averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game against the Wolf Pack. On Feb. 11 at Utah State, Nelson dropped in 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a rare home loss for the Utages. In his second meeting with Boise State (Feb. 15), Nelson avoided foul trouble and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-68 win over the Broncos. Nelson was 7-for-12 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. In an overtime win at Pacific (Feb. 18), Nelson scored 21 points and added nine rebounds while shooting 9-for-13 from the field. In a rematch with current NBA forward Paul Millsap and Louisiana Tech (Feb. 23), Nelson led the Aggies to a win with 21 points and seven rebounds. Nelson was 6-for-13 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. In the Aggies’ home finale against Idaho (Feb. 25), Nelson scored 21 points, grabbed nine boards and blocks two shots in a win over the Vandals. In his first WAC Championships, Nelson averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as the Aggies reached the semifinals. In a quarterfinal win over Hawai’i (Mar. 9), Nelson dropped in 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Aggies defeated the Warriors, 58-57. In the semifinals against eventual tournament champion Nevada, Nelson finished with eight points and three rebounds in just 25 minutes of action. In the second half of the game, Nelson injured his hand as he dove for a loose ball and was unable to play the rest of the game.
2004-05 (Sophomore): Nelson red shirted the 2004-05 season in accordance with NCAA rules after transferring from Prairie View A&M. 2003-04 (Freshman): Nelson played his freshman year at Prairie View A&M and was named the South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) Freshman of the Year. In his first season of college ball, Nelson started 23 games while leading the Panthers in scoring and rebounding at 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest. He averaged 32.3 minutes a game and led the club in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.8 percent of his shots. On the defensive side of the ball, Nelson was also a force as he led the team in blocks with 22 and steals with 32. He led the Panthers in scoring eight times and 16 times in rebounding while registering five double-doubles on the season. Against SWAC opponents, Nelson was even better as the forward upped his averages to 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. In conference play, Nelson averaged 33.3 minutes per game and shot 50.2 percent from the field. 14 of his team-high 22 blocks and 22 of his team-high 32 steals came against conference teams. In his first college game at Oregon State (Nov. 22), Nelson erupted for his first career double-double as he scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds against the Beavers. Against Big 12 power Oklahoma (Dec. 13) in Norman, Nelson registered a career day on the boards as he tallied a season-best 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. A week later at Dayton, he scored 18 points and added eight rebounds against the Flyers. Against Southern (Jan. 3), Nelson was 7-for-14 from the field and recorded his second double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He also registered a career high in blocks with four against the Tigers. Three weeks later, Nelson came through again for the Panthers as he dropped in 26 points and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In the game, Nelson was 9-for-14 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Against Texas Southern (Feb. 7), Nelson scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high five steals. On Feb. 14, Nelson delivered his own Valentines Day tallying his fourth double-double of the year with 24 points and 12 rebounds against Jackson State. In 40 minutes of action, Nelson was 7-for-13 from the field and made a season-high 10 free throws, going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. At Arkansas-Pine Bluff a week later Nelson posted a season-best 29 points and added 13 rebounds. Nelson finished the game 11-of-20 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. In the season finale at Alcorn State (Mar. 6), Nelson finished his career at Prairie View in style with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
High School: Nelson was a four-year letterman at Hempstead High School in Hempstead, Texas. He was named first team All-State, all-district and all-region all four years. In 2002-03, Nelson averaged 29 points and 15 rebounds per game.
Personal: Nelson was born in Brenham, Texas and is the son of Henry and Kate Nelson. He is majoring in Family and Child Sciences at New Mexico State University.