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Spencer Nelson
Spencer Nelson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pocatello, Idaho

High School:
Pocatello

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 225

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
07/18/1980

Experience:
3L


• Second Team All-Big West (2004)
• Big West Hustle Player of the Year (2004)
• Big West Player of the Week - 1/12/04, 1/13/03
• Honorable Mention All-Big West (2003)
• Big West Co-Hustle Player of the Year (2003)
• Academic All-Big West (2003 & 2004)

This Season:
Will once again be one of the top players in the Big West Conference... Has the ability to play inside and out and has become more versatile... An outstanding low-post player with the agility of a guard... A tremendous rebounder on both ends of the court... Has a nice mid-range touch and can shoot the three... Is without a doubt the leader of the team... Currently ranks 16th all-time at Utah State with 547 rebounds, while his 45 career blocks rank ninth all-time... Ranks second all-time in field goal percentage with his 62.9 percent, trailing teammate Nate Harris.

2004 Season (Jr.):
Named second-team all-Big West after finishing the year third on the team in scoring with 11.5 points and first in rebounding with 7.8 boards in 26.1 minutes per game... Named the league's Hustle Player of the Year for the second consecutive season... Was also an academic all-Big West selection for the second straight year... Voted by his teammates as the Most Inspirational Player for the second straight year... Named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 12 after leading USU to a pair of road wins at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly... Finished the year third in the league in rebounding... Started 25 games and played in 27... Missed games at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside after suffering a broken nose in practice... Scored a career-high 24 points against Hawai'i in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament... Recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists against New Mexico State in the championship game of the 2003 Gossner Foods Classic as he was named the tournaments MVP... Also had nine rebounds against the New Mags... Scored in double-figures 16 times on the season and led the team with five double-doubles... Had eight double-figure rebounding games... Shot 60.0 percent from the field, 73.9 percent from the free throw line, and 47.6 percent from three-point range (10-21)... Was second on the team with 75 assists and third with 17 blocks and 28 steals... Finished the year by scoring in double-figures in six of the final seven games... Was third on the team with six dunks and second with three charges taken.

2003 Season (R-So.):
Earned honorable mention all-Big West honors after leading the league in rebounding with 7.4 boards per contest... Was also named the Co-Hustle Player of the Year in the conference... Started 23 games on the season and played in all 33... Finished second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game and led the team in field goal percentage at 65.3 percent... Also led the team with 20 blocked shots and was fourth on the team in assists with 54... Scored in double-figures 17 times on the season and recorded five double-doubles... Also had seven double-figure rebounding games... Named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 13 after leading the Aggies to a pair of home wins against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara... Best game of the season came against Long Beach State when he was 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line en route to a then career-high 21 points and nine rebounds... Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds against Idaho State... Took four charges on the season, which was the second-most on the team... Also notched eight dunks which was third-best... Was voted the Most Inspirational player on the squad by his teammates... An academic all-Big West selection.

2002 Season (RS):
Redshirted after suffering a knee injury on Oct. 31 during practice, as an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a partial tear to the medial collateral ligament and a bone bruise.

1999 Season (Fr.):
Played in all 28 games for Utah State as a true freshman... Averaged 4.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 12.0 minutes per game... Scored a season-high 11 points against Lafayette in the championship game of the Gossner Foods Classic and also had 11 points against Cal Poly... Played a season-high 24 minutes against the Mustangs... Also had 10 rebounds against Cal Poly... His other double-double of the season came against Lafayette with a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 11 points... Shot 63.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three-point range.

High School:
Was the Idaho A-1 Player of the Year as a senior in 1998... Averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks per game as a senior... As a junior, he averaged 14.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field... Hit 43.3 percent of his three-pointers and sank 73.0 percent of his free throws as a senior... Also averaged five assists per game... Earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all-region honors as a junior... Was a four-year letterwinner in tennis, claiming the men's doubles state championship in 1998 and finishing third in mixed doubles in 1997.

Personal:
Born July 11, 1980 in Pocatello, Idaho... Son of Jim and Michele Spencer... Graduated in May of 2004 with a degree in accounting and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at USU... Older brother J.T. Nelson played basketball at Idaho State University... Served a LDS Church mission in Oklahoma... Completed an investment banking internship in New York City during the summer of 2004... Named the Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year in September, 2004.

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