Ed Nelson (basketball)

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Edward Richard Nelson

University of Connecticut (2003-2006);

Georgia Tech (2001-2003)


(also American football - undrafted in 2006, signed by St. Louis Rams)
Position Forward
Jersey # 32
Class 2006
Career 2001–2006
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Nationality USA
Born (1982-03-18) March 18, 1982 (age 34)
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
High school St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • 2001 High School All-American
  • 2001 USA Today Florida Player of the Year
  • 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year
  • 2004 NCAA National Champion (UConn Huskies)
  • 2004,05,06 Big East Champion
  • 2006 Sports Illustrated Cover
  • 2007 European Center of the Year
  • 2009 LNB (Argentina) MVP
  • 2010 LNB (Argentina) Scoring Champion
  • 2015 Named by the Sun~Sentinel as one of the Top Basketball Players in the history of South Florida

Edward Richard Nelson (born March 18, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who most recently played in Brazil for São José Basketball


Ed Nelson began his college basketball career as a power forward for Georgia Tech[1] in 2001. He won ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2002, an honor he shares with Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, and Kenny Anderson. After two years he transferred to the University of Connecticut[2] to be closer to his family. In the summer 2007 Nelson had N.B.A workouts with Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors. In 2009, he played for Weber Bahía Estudiantesin the Liga Nacional de Básquet (Argentine first division), where he was the teammate of former NBA point guard Juan Ignacio Sánchez. Nelson was the leading scorer of the Liga Nacional de Básquet in the 2008/2009 season, averaging 20.1 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game. He played one season for Regatas, one for Quilmes de Mar del Plata and one more in Weber Bahía Estudiantes before becoming a player of Gimnasia Indalo

High school[edit]

Nelson was rated one of the top 25 high school basketball players in America by Sports Illustrated[3] and was named Florida Player of the Year by USA Today. He averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and led St. Thomas Aquinas to the Class 5A state title with a 29-3 record. He was named state Player of the Year for Class 6A-5A-4A by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and was Most Valuable Player of the state tournament, including 29 points and 10 rebounds in the semifinal game. He was named to the first-team all-county by the Miami Herald and scored a season-high 39 points on two occasions. He was one of 14 players selected for the Capital Classic all-star game at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

Nelson averaged 21.5 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior, leading his team to a 30-4 record and a berth in the 5A state championship game. He also reached the state title game as a sophomore, when he helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a 23-9 record while averaging 12.4 points, eight rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The team was coached by Steve Strand.[4]

Sports Illustrated cover[edit]

In 2005 Nelson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.[5]


Ed Nelson appeared on the ESPN hit show Outside the Lines. It was a short documentary about his transition from a college basketball star to an NFL tight end.[6][7] Nelson was discovered and signed by top NFL agent Joe Linta. Over 15 NFL scouts came to watch the 6'8 255 pound Nelson do a private workout with San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski on the UConn Campus. Nelson showcased good speed and catching ability, and surprised most scouts when he showcased a 34-inch vertical jump. On Draft Day 2006 Ed Nelson signed with the St. Louis Rams.[8]


  1. ^ Hollis, John. "JACKETS' NELSON GETS HIS RELEASE.(Sports)." Atlanta Journal-Constitution [Atlanta, GA] 1 May 2003: G1. General OneFile. Web. 18 Oct. 201
  2. ^ Bamberger, Michael. "Drawn By Huskies: UConn's two highly ranked basketball teams are by far the state's No. 1 sports attraction." Sports Illustrated 12 Jan. 2004: 40. General OneFile. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.
  3. ^ "CNNSI.com - Recruiting Watch with Brick Oettinger - Brick Oettinger's summer Top 100 - Thursday August 03, 2000 05:35 PM". Cgi.cnnsi.com. 2000-08-03. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Ed Nelson Bio - Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site - RamblinWreck.com". Ramblinwreck.cstv.com. 1982-03-18. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  5. ^ "November 21 2005 Sports Illustrated Cover College… News Photo | Getty Images | 91294340". Getty Images. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "BASKETBALL PLAYER TRYING NFL." Cincinnati Post [Cincinnati, OH] 14 Apr. 2006: B2. InfoTrac Newsstand. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.
  7. ^ "Conversion has begun for rookie tight end: Ed Nelson is better known as a basketball player." Belleville News-Democrat [Belleville, IL] 15 May 2006. General OneFile. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.
  8. ^ "UConn basketball player Nelson signs with Rams - NFL - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-04-30. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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