NHR Top 100: #33 Reeves Nelson, PF, UCLA

2 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 33 – Reeves Nelson, PF, Jr., UCLA

Tough guy? Check. Great rebounder? Check. Mismatch? Check. Smack-talker? Check. Will tackle his grandmother for a loose ball? Check.

Sounds like a Big East power forward, right? Check…wait, don’t check that. Nelson, a California kid, is the resident tough guy in the Pac-12 and one of the reasons why the Bruins are being touted as a team to be reckoned with on the West Coast this year.

He was fantastic last year and should be even better this year with Josh Smith a year older (and maybe even bigger), Anthony Stover playing the role of perfect bench big man and the addition of the Wear twins – David and Travis – to the rotation. Nelson can be used to guard the high post, help on the wing and man the middle. Offensively, he will have a little more freedom to face up, something that he’s wanted to do for a while.

Nelson is scary good and one of the most important pieces of one of the more intriguing frontlines in America.

2010-2011 STATS: 13.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.4 TO, 56.7% FG

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