DeMarcus Nelson

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DeMarcus Nelson
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Nelson playing with Red Star in Skopje in December 2013.
No. 20 – Red Star Telekom Belgrade
Position Guard
League Serbian League
ABA League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1985-11-02) November 2, 1985 (age 28)
Oakland, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2.5 in (189 cm)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Vallejo (Vallejo, California)
Sheldon (Sacramento, California)
College Duke (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Golden State Warriors
2008 Bakersfield Jam
2009 Zagreb
2009 Austin Toros
2009–2010 Air Avellino
2010–2011 Cholet Basket
2011 Donetsk
2011–2012 Cholet Basket
2012–present Red Star Belgrade
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • First team All-ACC (2008)
  • All-ACC Defensive team (2008)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

DeMarcus De'Juan Nelson (born November 2, 1985)[1] is an American professional basketball player playing for Red Star Belgrade of the Adriatic League. He is a combo guard who has also played for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA.

College career[edit]

Nelson played at the shooting guard position on the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. He was also the lone captain of the team for the 2007–2008 season, which was his senior year.

College statistics[edit]

College Year[2] GP MIN SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% FT% 3P%
Duke 2004–05 33 19.2 0.8 0.3 4.5 0.8 6.2 .400 .532 .319
Duke 2005–06 24 21.5 0.8 0.1 3.4 1.2 7.1 .452 .649 .410
Duke 2006–07 33 31.9 1.3 0.5 5.4 2.0 14.1 .478 .593 .364
Duke 2007–08 34 30.9 1.6 0.3 5.8 2.9 14.5 .490 .601 .388

Professional career[edit]

Nelson was not drafted in the 2008 NBA Draft, but he was signed by the Golden State Warriors on September 9, 2008. He became the first undrafted rookie to start on opening night in the history of the NBA.[3] On November 14, 2008, he and teammate Richard Hendrix were assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. He was recalled by the Warriors on December 16, 2008, but he was waived on January 6, 2009 to make room for Jermareo Davidson.[4]

Nelson joined the Croatian Adriatic League club KK Zagreb in January 2009, but only played a single game.[5] In March 2009, Nelson returned to the NBA D-League as a member of the Austin Toros.

On April 9, 2009 Nelson signed with the Chicago Bulls.[6] On July 30, 2009 he was waived by the Bulls.[7]

On August 29, 2009, he was signed by Scandone Avellino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A for the 2009–10 season.[8]

He played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League in 2010.[9]

On August 23, 2010, he was signed by Cholet Basket of France.[10] Cholet Basket is qualified for the Euroleague for the 2010–11 season.

In July 2011 he signed with BC Donetsk in Ukraine.[11] On November 15, 2011, he returned to Cholet Basket by signing a contract for the rest of the season.[12]

In September 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Serbian team Red Star Belgrade.[13] In June 2013 he re-signed with them for one more season, with an option for a second year.[14] He become the first foreign player to stay at the club for two seasons.

In November 2013, he was named Euroleague MVP for Round 4.[15] In April 2014, alongside with his teammate Boban Marjanović, he was selected for the ideal team of the 2013–14 ABA League season.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Golden State 13 5 13.2 .444 .000 .357 1.8 1.0 .7 .2 4.1
Career 13 5 13.2 .444 .000 .357 1.8 1.0 .7 .2 4.1

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Cholet 10 7 25.6 .423 .313 .636 3.3 1.5 .5 .3 9.2 5.8
2013–14 Red Star 10 10 26.8 .479 .286 .737 4.0 3.2 1.1 .2 11.2 13.0
Career 20 17 26.1 .453 .295 .673 3.6 2.4 .8 .2 10.2 9.4

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • 2003 All State Quarterback, California[18]
  • 2004 California Mr. Basketball[19]
  • California High School Scoring Leader (3,462 Points)[19]
  • 2004 McDonalds All-American[19]
  • 2004–05 ACC All-Freshman Team[1]
  • 2007 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association All-ACC Honorable Mention[20]
  • 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year[21]
  • 2008 All-ACC First Team
  • 2013 Radivoj Korać Cup MVP

Personal life[edit]

DeMarcus attended high school at Vallejo High School in Vallejo, California and Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California. His Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years were at Vallejo and his Senior year was at Sheldon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "DeMarcus Nelson". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  2. ^ "DeMarcus Nelson". 2012-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Warriors sign three free agents". nba.com/warriors. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Warriors cut G Nelson, sign F Jermareo Davidson". USA Today. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  5. ^ Zagreb Lands DeMarcus Nelson.
  6. ^ "Bulls sign rookie guard DeMarcus Nelson". NBA.com. April 9, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bulls waive Johnson III, Nelson". sports.espn.go.com. July 30, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Avellino announced DeMarcus Nelson
  9. ^ http://www.journaltimes.com/sports/article_454ce16e-825b-11df-ace1-001cc4c002e0.html Opinions varied on NBA draft selections
  10. ^ "CHOLET BASKET completes roster with Nelson". Euroleague.net. August 23, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ BC Donetsk inks Kovalenko, Nelson
  12. ^ Carchia, Emiliano. "Cholet announces DeMarcus Nelson". Sportando. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Red Star adds DeMarcus Nelson". Sportando. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "DeMarcus Nelson agreed on a contract extension with Red Star". Sportando.net. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Regular season Round 4 bwin MVP: DeMarcus Nelson, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade". Euroleague.net. November 9, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The ideal five of the 2013/14 season selected". abaliga.com. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "ABA: ’Večiti’ i Šarić u timu lige". b92.net. Retrieved 21 April 2014. (Serbian)
  18. ^ DeMarcus Nelson-Duke Bio
  19. ^ a b c "DeMarcus Nelson". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  20. ^ "McRoberts, Nelson and Scheyer Receive All-ACC Recognition". GoDuke.com. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  21. ^ Duke's DeMarcus Nelson Tabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Year :: Senior is considered one of the league's best lockdown defenders.

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