Luke Nelson (basketball)
|No. 6 – Herbalife Gran Canaria|
|Born||29 June 1995|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|College||UC Irvine (2013–2017)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Luke Nelson (born 29 June 1995) is a British basketball player for Herbalife Gran Canaria of Spain's ACB. He has represented Great Britain in numerous FIBA events and played American college basketball for UC Irvine, where he was named the 2017 Big West Conference Player of the Year.
Nelson, a point guard from London, played for several England and Great Britain squads in the U16, U18 and U20 age groups in FIBA competitions. He was named British player of the year in his age group for three consecutive seasons.
He chose to attend college at the University of California, Irvine, where he became a four-year starter. He was named first-team All-Big West Conference in his junior and senior seasons and was named Big West Player of the Year as a senior.
Nelson helped UC Irvine to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 and help guided the Anteaters to a program record 28 wins in 2016. For all 4 seasons at UC Irvine, Nelson helped the team make a postseason appearance of some kind. He finished his collegiate career 4th in made threes (204), fifth in assists (361) and eighth in steals (115) and played in the collegiate All Star Game at the 2017 Final Four.
After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft after playing in the NBA Summer League with the Los Angeles Clippers, Nelson signed his first professional contract with Herbalife Gran Canaria in Spain's Liga ACB and EuroCup competition. He was sent to Real Betis Energía Plus on loan prior to the start of the season.
Nelson has competed for the Great Britain Senior National team since graduating college and is usually the starting shooting guard for the team competing in the 2017 Eurobasket and the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
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