|Utah State Aggies|
July 11, 1980 |
|Nationality||American / Azerbaijani|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Pocatello (Pocatello, Idaho)|
|College||Utah State (1998–1999, 2002–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2014–2015||Reyer Venezia Mestre|
|2016–||Utah State (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Spencer Howells Nelson (born July 11, 1980) is an American-born Azerbaijani naturalized former professional basketball player. At 6'8", he played at both small forward and power forward, although he was mainly considered a power forward.
Spencer attended Pocatello High School and was named the Idaho A-1 Player of the Year as a senior in 1998. He averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks per game as a senior. Hit 43.3 percent of his three-pointers and sank 73.0 percent of his free throws as a senior. As a junior, he averaged 14.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field. Earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all-region honors as a junior. Spencer had a notoriously loud and raucous group of fans in high school he named "The Sixth Man" which provided a home court advantage even on away games. Spencer's abilities were not limited to the basketball court as he was a four-year letterwinner in tennis, claiming the men's doubles state championship in 1998 and finishing third in mixed doubles in 1997.
After his freshman year, he went on a two-year mission to Oklahoma, serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return, he became one of the Big West Conference's best players.
After graduating in 2005, he was not drafted in the 2005 NBA Draft. However, he was invited to try out for the Utah Jazz. He was an immediate fan favorite because of his success at Utah State. Despite playing well, Nelson was not chosen for the final roster, but was immediately offered a spot playing for GHP Bamberg in Germany. In 2006, instead of seeing if he'd make the final roster for the Jazz, Nelson chose to play for Benetton Treviso, a team that he made an outstanding performance against while playing with Bamberg in the Euroleague (he scored 23 points, pulled down 20 rebounds and delivered 7 assists) in a 92-85 home win. Nelson's good performance helped the team qualify for the top 16 phase, the first ever German team to accomplish this achievement.
After spending one season with Treviso, mainly coming from the bench, Nelson transferred to Climamio Bologna, also in Italy. On 26 January 2010 he stated that GHP Bamberg (Germany) was his favourite professional club he played for. He also told a local radio station to send greetings to the fans of his former club.
On July 14, 2015, Nelson announced his retirement from professional basketball.
- 1997-98 Idaho A-1 Player of the Year
- 2002-03 Big West Player of the Week (1/13/03)
- 2002-03 Utah State Most Inspirational Player
- 2002-03 Academic All-Big West
- 2002-03 Big West Hustle Player of the Year
- 2002-03 All-Big West Honorable Mention
- 2003-04 Big West Player of the Week (1/12/04)
- 2003-04 Utah State Most Inspirational Player
- 2003-04 Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year
- 2003-04 Academic All-Big West
- 2003-04 Big West Hustle Player of the Year
- 2003-04 Big West Second Team All-Conference
- 2004-05 Big West Player of the Week (12/20/04)
- 2004-05 Big West Player of the Week (1/31/05)
- 2004-05 Big West Player of the Week (2/7/05)
- 2004-05 Utah State Most Inspirational Player
- 2004-05 Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player
- 2004-05 Utah State Male Athlete of the Year
- 2004-05 Utah State Big West Scholar-Athlete
- 2004-05 Big West All-Tournament Team
- 2004-05 Big West First Team All-Conference
- 2004-05 Big West Hustle Player of the Year
- 2004-05 United States Basketball Writer's Association All District 8 Team
- 2004-05 CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Player of the Year
- Azerbaijan is ready for qualify round
- Four new Azerbaijani nationals
- Men's Basketball-Spencer Nelson Profile
- Deseret News (March 2, 2005). "Aggies' Nelson puts team first". Deseret News.
- Bamberg vs. BENETTON B, TREVISO
- Gran Canaria 2014 and Spencer Nelson reach to a one-year agreement.
- Mens Sana Siena agreed to terms with Spencer Nelson
- Reyer Venezia announces Spencer Nelson
- "Spencer Nelson retires at 35". Sportando.com. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
- The Utah Statesman (September 1, 2006). "Julie Clayton-Spencer Nelson".
- Utah State Official Athletic Site (December 20, 2004). "Spencer Nelson Named Co-Big West Player Of The Week".
- Utah State Official Athletic Site (January 31, 2005). "Spencer Nelson Named Big West Conference Player Of The Week".
- Utah State Official Athletic Site (February 7, 2005). "Spencer Nelson Named Big West Conference Player Of The Week".
- Utah State Official Athletic Site (March 10, 2005). "Spencer Nelson Adds All-District 8 Honors To His Collection".
- Utah State Official Athletic Site (April 5, 2005). "Spencer Nelson Named Mid-Major Player Of The Year".