On May 15, point guard prospect Jason Nelson narrowed his college choice down to two: Vanderbilt and Richmond. On Thursday, he will narrow it down to one.
Nelson, a 5’10”, 175 lb 2021 recruit from John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia announced on Twitter that he would make his college decision June 25. He is listed as a three-star prospect and the
32nd best point guard by 247.
Nelson transferred from Varina High School to John Marshall after his sophomore year for the opportunity to play against better competition. All he did as a junior was win State 2A Player of the Year while leading John Marshall to a 24-2 record and the State 2A Title. He also played for AAU power Team Loaded.
Nelson took his official visit to Vanderbilt September 19 and obviously enjoyed himself. In an interview with David Sisk of Rivals, he said “I thought it would be great, and I got better than great.”
Vandy will have to fend off hometown Richmond for Nelson’s services. The Spiders finished the season 24-7 and runner-up to the University of Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Their point guard, Jacob Gilyard, will be a senior next season.
For the Commodores, Scotty Pippen Jr. appears to have a stranglehold on the point guard position for the foreseeable future after making the SEC All-Freshman team his first season. Incoming freshman Tywin Lawrence and Kansas transfer Isaac McBride (depending on eligibility) will also be in the mix for playing time, although both are more combo guards than traditional point guards.
Winning is in Nelson’s blood. His father, Jason Nelson Sr., was a member Virginia Union’s 2005 NCAA Division II Championship. While the younger Jason prepares to defend John Marshall’s championship next season, Vandy fans are crossing their fingers that on Thursday he will be choose to bring that winning mentality to Memorial Gym.