LAS CRUCES, N.M. (June 5) - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Alexis Nelson, a guard from West Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois, signed a Financial Aid Agreement last weekend to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.
Nelson just completed her senior season at WAHS as the program's all-time three-point shot leader. She also broke the single-season three-point baskets made mark at the school after sinking 60 long-range shots in 2012. The 5'7" guard averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Blackhawks last season.
A two-time All-DuPage Valley Conference selection in her final two years, Nelson earned team Most Valuable Player Honors in 2012 after leading the Blackhawks to a third-place conference finish this spring. Nelson ended her career with 785 career points under the direction of head coach Connie Siljendahl.
"We are very excited to have Alexis as part of our Aggie family," Trakh said. "She will be a very exciting player to watch with her excellent three-point shooting and ability to control her team."
Nelson was also a two-time all-tournament selection at the Wheaton North Christmas Tournament and the Team Warhawk Tourney in each of the past two seasons. Additionally, she earned Player of the Week honors from the Daily Herald and the Walter Payton Roundhouse. In the off-season Nelson was a member of the Illinois Hustle.
She is the daughter of Mike Nelson and Melissa Harrington and hopes to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Nelson lists her uncle Rick Nelson as a mentor, playing a prominent role in her development on the basketball court. She built her hoop skills while attending the Nelson Fundamental Basketball Camps in the greater Chicagoland area.
Lexi Nelson is the fifth recruit inked by the Aggie coaching staff for the 2012-13 signing class joining spring signee Sam Donald a 5-6 guard from Melbourne, Australia, and fall signees Abby Scott, a 6-1 guard from Madras, Ore., Sasha Weber, a 6-0 guard from Lacey, Wash., and Shay Young, a 6-0 guard from San Diego.
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