Monday, March 4, 2013

UNO's Nelson Receives Independent Player of the Week Recognition

Guard Completed Collegiate Basketball Career, Now Turning Attention to Outdoor Track and Field

Rarlensee NelsonRarlensee Nelson earned Independent Player of the Week honors for a second time on Monday.

New Orleans senior guard Rarlensee Nelson was named "Independent Player of the Week" by College Sports Madness this morning.

The honor is the second this season for Nelson, who also received the accolade on Feb. 11.

Playing in the final two games of his collegiate career, Nelson averaged 16 points, three assists, 2.5 rebounds and two steals as UNO dropped a pair of road games to Houston Baptist and Texas-Pan American.
Nelson began the week with an 18-point effort against HBU, the second-highest point total of the guard's career. The mark was only surpassed by a 21-point showing earlier in the month against UTPA.
On Sunday, Nelson concluded his two-year playing career with the UNO men's basketball team by scoring a UNO-high 14 points against UTPA.
Nelson will not end his Privateer basketball career without establishing his name in the record books.
Nelson finished the campaign averaging 10.1 points, 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. The Ville Platte, La. native totaled 172 assists in 26 games, falling six assists short of Jimmie Smith's school-record of 178, accomplished in 31 games during the course of the 1994-95 season.
Nelson's 6.6 assists per contest ranks third in school history. The top two marks are held by Duane Reboul, who had 6.8 assists in 1970-71 and a school-record 8.0 assists an outing in the 1969-70 season.
Nelson also finished one game of 10 or more shy of both the late Jordan Crump's single-season and career marks. Crump's seven games with 10 or more assists in 1974-75 remain a game ahead of Nelson, as does Crump's eight career games with 10 or more assists.
College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and one from each conference in their weekly feature. The site's coverage also includes a Top 25 ranking, tournament bracketology and team pages for each conference and school.
With the 2012-13 basketball season complete, Nelson will have two years of eligibility with the Privateer track and field team remaining within his five year eligibility window.
The multi-time state champion as a high school athlete, Nelson anticipates joining head coach Ty Sevin's squad in the next week. Nelson intends to compete in the long jump, triple jump and sprints.

(This article is reprinted courtesy UNO Athletics Department)