Basketball Welcomes Back Spencer Nelson



Nov. 14, 2000

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head basketball coach Stew Morrill announced today that Spenser Nelson, who played for the Aggies as a freshman in 1999, will rejoin the team for the 2001-02 season after serving a two-year mission in Oklahoma.

Nelson, a 6-7, 207-pound forward from Pocatello High School in Pocatello, Idaho, played in all 28 games for the Aggies in Coach Morrill's first season in Logan, where he averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds while seeing 12 minutes of action per contest off the bench.

"We are extremely excited to have Spencer returning to our program after being a big contributor as a freshman," commented Morrill. "He not only brings good basketball abilities, but also adds enthusiasm and personality to a team. He is a quality young man that I'm sure has gained valuable life experiences the past two years."

Nelson's best performances during the 1999 season were a pair of 11-point games against Lafayette and Cal Poly. In the Lafayette contest, he also had a career-high with 12 rebounds. On the year, Nelson shot 63.6 percent from the field (49-of-77), and hit three-of-six three-pointers.

Nelson becomes the fourth player added to the Utah State roster for the 2001-02 season, as the Aggies have already signed Nate Harris (Sky View (Utah) High School), Desmond Penigar (Ventura (Calif.) Junior College), and Ronnie Ross (John Wood (Ill.) Junior College).



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