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10 Brett Nelson
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  • 4L
  • Guard
  • 6-4, 205
  • St. Albans, West Virginia
  • St. Albans High School
  • Major: Sociology

A three-year starter in the Gator backcourt and one of the greatest shooters to ever put on a Florida uniform… The school record-holder in three-pointers made (274) and attempted (689)… Second on the Gators all-time list in steals with 199 and fifth on the all-time Florida list in steals per game at 1.54… Sixth in career assists with 406 and sixth in career assists per game at 3.16… Finished his career in 14th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,416 points… Fifth on the school's all-time list for free throw accuracy, hitting an impressive .825 from the line during his four-year career (189-229)… Two-time winner of Florida's Most Improved Player Award… … Holds the UF record for consecutive games with a three-pointer (33), the sixth longest in SEC history… Florida's all-time leader in NCAA Tournament action in steals (22), assists (35) and three point field goals made (26) and attempted (63)… …

AS A SENIOR IN 2002-03 - Preseason Naismith Award Semifinalist… Played in 30 games and started 20… Scored in double-figures in five games (11 vs. Florida A&M, 13 vs. Tennessee, 14 vs. Vanderbilt, 25 vs. LSU and 12 vs. Auburn)… Made at least one three-pointer in 22 games (Stanford, Kansas, West Virginia, Florida State, South Florida, Charleston Southern, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, LSU, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, New Orleans, South Carolina and Georgia, Sam Houston)… Shot 50-percent or better from behind the arc in six games (Kansas, Florida State, LSU, Arkansas, New Orleans and South Carolina)… Scored 1,400th point of his career in his 125th game played at UF with six points vs. Georgia (3/4)… Went over 400 assists for his career… Scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting (67-percent) vs. Auburn… Dished off five assists… Moved into a tie for 14th place in UF history with Tony Miller with 1,382 points by scoring eight vs. South Carolina (2/25)… Shot 100-percent from behind arc (2-2) vs. New Orleans and scored six points… Grabbed 250th career rebound vs. Ole Miss… Set several season-highs in a season-high 34 minutes vs. LSU… Scored a season-high in points (25), field goals made (seven), three-point field goals made (7), three-point field goals attempted (11), free throws made (4), free throws attempted (6), tied career-high in three-point field goals made with seven… Shot 64.0 percent from behind the arc (7-11) and 58 percent from the field (7-12)… Went over 1,300 points in his career vs. Tennessee… Grabbed season-high four rebounds in three games (Florida State, Georgia and Alabama)… Set a season-high with six assists vs. Florida A&M… Collected a season-high three steals vs. Bethune-Cookman… Made first start of season against West Virginia… Saw first action of the season in the Preseason NIT semifinals in New York after missing the first three games of the season with a stress reaction (right foot)… Led all reserves with nine points and 21 minutes played against Kansas… Shot 50 percent (3-6) from the field against the Jayhawks… Played 19 minutes in first game of the season against Stanford and scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2001-02 - Second-Team All-SEC (AP and Coaches')… First-Team NABC/Pontiac District VI… SEC Academic Honor Roll… Set a UF single season record for three pointers (98) and three pointers attempted (248)… 98 three pointers is tied for ninth best single season effort in SEC history… Also set UF record for three pointers (55) and three pointers attempted (122) in league games only… Established a school record by having a three pointer in 33 consecutive games, the sixth longest streak in SEC history… Set UF NCAA Tournament game records vs. Creighton with 19 field goal attempts, 10 three point field goals attempted and 47 minutes played… Ranked third in the SEC in three pointers per game (3.12) and 20th nationally… Ranked sixth in the SEC in three point field goal percentage (.395)… .Ranked eighth in the SEC in steals per game (1.90)… Led the SEC in three point field goal shooting in league games only (.451)… Also ranked first in league games only with 3.44 three pointers per game and 2.0 steals per league game was tied for third in the conference… Led the team in minutes played (960) and free throw percentage (.842)… 59 steals ties for fourth best single-season effort in school history… Led UF in scoring nine times and in assists 10 times… Had 27 double figure scoring games, including eight 20-point contests… UF's leading scorer in the SEC Tournament… Shot above .500 from three-point range in eight of the last 11 games of the year… Shot .461 (47-of-102) from three point range during the final 14 games of the year and .469 (23-of-49) in the final seven games of the year… Tied the Tennessee game with 3.1 seconds left with a deep three pointer… Scored 20-plus points in three consecutive games (Tennessee through LSU)… Also had back-to-back 20 point games vs. Kentucky and Auburn… Had 20 points, all in the first half, vs. New Hampshire… Received six stitches in the upper lip vs. UNH… Scored all 17 of his points in the second half vs. Georgia… 13 assists vs. Mississippi State and South Carolina were best two-game assist total of his career… Scored eight of UF's first 11 points in first 2:35 of Auburn game…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2000-01 - Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press… Consensus First-Team All-SEC (AP and Coaches')… Joined teammate Udonis Haslem on the Associated Press' First-Team All-SEC to mark the first time in school history two Gators were named First-Team All-SEC by AP… ESPN.com Third-Team All-American… NABC District VI First Team… USBWA District IV… Shared squad's Most Improved Player Award with fellow sophomore Matt Bonner… Led SEC in scoring in conference games only (17.9 ppg)… Finished in the top two in the SEC in three categories and in the top 10 in five… Led the SEC in three point field goals per game (2.61), finished second in three point field goal percentage (.453) and second in assists (4.29)… Was ninth in scoring (15.3 ppg) and ninth in field goal percentage (.450)… Also led the league in steals in SEC games only (2.12)… Set five UF records during the season… Finished the season by tying a school record with 29 consecutive games with a three-pointer, the ninth longest streak in the history of the SEC… 45 three pointers in SEC action was a school record and also set sophomore class records for most steals (59), three pointers (81) and three pointers attempted (179)… Team-high 81 three pointers was second best single season total in school history… Also led the team in minutes played, assists and steals… Led UF in scoring in 14 games and 22 times led UF in assists… Scored in double figures 25 times and had seven 20-point games… Scored UF's first points a team-high 10 times… Shot .851 from the foul line in the games' final three minutes… Hit game winner with 0.5 seconds left at Mississippi State to give UF an 81-80 victory… Scored 17 plus points in 11 straight SEC games (Mississippi State to Tennessee)… Scored in double figures in 15 of 16 league games and had 17 plus in 13 of 16 league contests… Had five turnover free games and one or less in eight games… Averaged 17.9 ppg during last 21 games (375)… Named SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 26-Mar. 4) after putting up 24 points at Vanderbilt and 17 vs. Kentucky in SEC title clinching win… Shot .657 (23-of-35) from the field in three game stretch (Mississippi State, Georgia and Vanderbilt)… Played all but eight minutes during a four-game stretch (Georgia, Vanderbilt, Auburn and South Carolina)… Surpassed his point total from his freshman season in 21 games…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1999-2000 - Named to NCAA All-East Regional Team… Named Florida's Most Improved Player… The back-up at point guard… The first freshman in school history to lead the team in steals (60) and assists (110) in the same season… The first player in school history to lead the team in assists and steals in the same season without starting a contest… Set UF freshman records for steals (60), three point field goal percentage (.434) and free throw percentage (.852)… Tied an O'Dome record with seven steals vs. VMI and was one short of the school record… .Led the team in scoring four times… Scored in double figures 12 times… Shot .519 from three point range during the NCAA Tournament… Averaged 11.3 ppg, while handing out 21 assists with just 12 turnovers in the NCAA Tournament… Overall had 29 assists and 13 turnovers in eight post-season games (six NCAA Tournament games and two SEC Tournament games) after having 81 assists and 89 turnovers during 29 regular-season games… 23-of-45 (.511) from three-point range during his last 11 games… Also averaged 10.7 ppg (118 points) during those 11 games… Made his first 12 free throws on the year and missed just eight free throw attempts all year… Named "Chevrolet Player of the Game" vs. Illinois (3/19), Duke (3/24) and North Carolina (4/1)… Had a game-high 15 points vs. Duke in the NCAA Regional Semifinal on 6-of-12 shooting and 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc… Connected on four-of-six three point shots, scoring 16 points in second round NCAA Tournament win over Illinois… His 16 points vs. Illinois were the most by any Gator sub in the NCAA Tournament since 1988… Played a then career-high 27 minutes and scored 13 points vs. DePaul, helping spur a 21-point second half comeback that saw the Gators take the lead in late in the game… 9-of-13 from the field in the LSU and Tennessee game… Was a combined 10-of-12 (.833) from the field in the VMI and South Alabama games and had a stretch where he connected on nine field goals in a row… Had career high 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting (5-of-5 from three-point range) vs. VMI…

PREP - A 1999 graduate of St. Albans High School where he was coached by Tex Williams… 1999 McDonald's All-American… Also awarded the Good Sportsmanship Award, voted on by the McDonald's All-Americans… Also participated in the 1999 Magic Roundball Classic… Ranked among the top 10 players in the country by most recruiting services and among the top two point guards… Listed as the top player by Hoop Scoop at the 1998 ABCD Camp… Finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Kanawha County with 2,199 points… Averaged 30.5 ppg in 72 career games… Holds West Virginia state record for career three pointers with 264… Connected on 343-of-437 free throws (.784) for his career… Scored in double figures in 71 of 72 career games and had 32 30-point games and nine 40-plus point games… Had a career high 52 points against Parkersburg as a junior… Three-time All-State selection… 1999 West Virginia Player of the Year… Averaged 31.9 points, seven assists and six rebounds a game as a senior… His 766 points scored as a senior was the fourth highest single season total in county history (behind Jerry West, Mark Workman and Hot Rod Hundley)… Connected on 86 three pointers and shot .805 from foul line (128-of-159)… Team went 14-10 as a senior… One of 10 players to represent the United States in April of 1998 at the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim, Germany… Fourth-team Parade All-American as a junior… First-team All-State… Became the Red Dragons' all-time scoring leader with 1,433 points and set a school single-season mark with 751 points as a junior… 751 points was the fourth-best point total in Kanawha County history… Second in the state with 30.0 ppg… Averaged 8.0 assists per game… Connected on a school-record 88 three pointer… 52 points was also highest single-game prep total during 1997-98 season… 88 three pointers was second best in the state… Converted 131-of-175 (.749) free throws to rank 10th in the state in free throw accuracy… Led St. Albans to state tournament for the first time in 10 years as a junior… Team was 18-7 and 9-5 in the Mountain State Athletic Conference (second place)… Averaged 29.4 ppg as a sophomore and became the first 10th-grader to lead the state in scoring in West Virginia prep history…

PERSONAL - Born James Brett Nelson on Oct. 22nd, 1980… Son of Jim and Trudi Nelson… An honors student… Orally committed to Florida on June 5th, 1998 and signed in the November period… Attended Billy Donovan=s basketball camp at Marshall in the seventh grade… Also considered Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia in the recruiting process… St. Albans is a town of 11,194 just 10 miles outside of Charleston, West Virginia… Was walking at eight months and dribbling a basketball at four years old.

Brett Nelson's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 37-0 691 102-243 .420 49-113 .434 46-54 .852 57
2000-01 31-28 967 161-358 .450 81-179 .453 72-90 .800 85
2001-02 31-29 960 154-393 .392 98-248 .395 48-57 .842 70
2002-03 30-20 684 60-203 .296 46-149 ..309 23-28 .821 50
TOTALS 129-77 3302 477-1197 .398 274-689 .398 189-229 .825 262
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1999-00 1.5 110 102 6 60 71-0 299 8.1  
2000-01 2.7 133 80 12 59 80-0 475 15.3  
2001-02 2.3 101 75 14 59 84-3 454 14.6  
2002-03 1.7 62 44 4 20 54-0 189 6.3  
TOTALS 2.0 406 301 36 198 289-3 1,417 11.0
Brett Nelson's SEC Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 16-0 275 41-101 .406 18-42 .429 12-14 .857 15
2000-01 16-16 541 101-202 .500 45-92 .489 39-51 .765 41
2001-02 16-14 510 80-192 .417 55-122 .451 22-26 .846 37
2002-03 16-12 381 35-112 .313 26-77 .338 18-22 .818 31
TOTALS 64-42 1707 257-607 .423 144-333 .432 91-113 .805 124
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV
1999-00 0.9 41 43 0 23 28-0 112 7.0  
2000-01 2.6 70 49 6 34 41-0 286 17.9  
2001-02 2.3 49 44 3 32 44-2 237 14.8  
2002-03 1.9 35 17 1 9 27-0 114 7.1  
TOTALS 1.9 195 153 10 98 140-2 749 11.7
Brett Nelson's NCAA Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 6-0 137 23-51 .451 14-27 .519 8-10 .800 19
2000-01 2-2 75 10-23 .435 7-15 .467 4-4 1.000 6
2001-02 1-1 47 4-19 .211 2-10 .200 3-3 1.000 2
2002-03 2-0 35 3-12 .250 3-11 .273 0-0 .000 4
TOTALS 11-3 294 40-105 .381 26-63 .413 15-17 .882 31
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1999-00 3.2 21 12 0 9 10-0 68 11.3  
2000-01 3.0 8 6 0 1 5-0 31 15.5  
2001-02 2.0 3 1 2 2 1-0 13 13.0  
2002-03 2.0 3 2 0 2 3-0 9 4.5  
TOTALS 2.8 35 21 2 14 19-0 121 11.0  

Nelson's Game Highs
Points

Season 25, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 26, 2x last vs. LSU (1/16/02)
Rebounds
Season 4, 3x last vs. Alabama (2/8/03)
Career 7, vs. South Carolina (1/27/01)
Field Goal
Season 7, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 9, 3x, last vs. Georgia (1/17/00)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 13, vs. West Virginia (12/3/02)
Career 19, 4x, last vs.Creighton (3/15
3-Point FGs
Season 7, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 7, 2x last vs. LSU (1/28/00)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 11, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 14, vs. New Hampshire (11/28/01)
Free Throws
Season 4, 2x last vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 8, vs. South Carolina (2/5/02)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 6, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 10, vs. South Carolina (2/5/02)
Assists
Season 6, vs. FAMU (12/30/02)
Career 8, 2x, last vs. Tenn. (1/30/01)
Steals
Season 3, vs. Bethune-Cook. (12/28/02)
Career 7, vs. VMI (12/28/99)
Blocked Shots
Season 1, 4x last vs. Tenn. (1/15/03)
Career 2, 2x, last vs. Vandy (1/20/01)
Minutes Played
Season 34, vs. LSU (1/28/03)
Career 47, vs. Creighton (3/15/02)

Misc. Stats 2002-03 Career
Times Led UF in Scoring 1 24
Times Led UF in Rebounding 0 1
Times Led UF in Assists 5 51
Double Figure Scoring Games 5 69
20-point Games 1 16
Dunks 0 1
Charges Drawn 1 5
First Player off the Bench 5 13
Scored UF's First Points 1 18
Three Point Plays 0-0 6-9
Final Three Minutes from Line 8-10 57-67
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