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"Jameer Nelson Closing in on Career Assist Mark"

St. Joseph's University

by Patrick Wandalowski

 

Jameer Nelson, the 6’0 junior point guard for Atlantic 10 conference member Saint Joseph’s, is on pace to break the school’s career assist mark by the end of his junior season.

 

Currently 7th on the all-time career assist list, Nelson needs only 180 assists to break Rap Curry’s (’90-’94) record of 580 assists. That number, 180 assists, would have seemed an unreachable amount only years ago.

 

But that was the pre-Nelson era. Since his arrival on hawk hill, Nelson has surpassed the previous season assist mark (176) during each of his first two seasons. As a freshman, he shattered the assist mark by dishing out 213 assists while leading the hawks to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. And, as a sophomore, Nelson tallied 188 assists.

 

Nelson enters the season with 401 assists. A lock to be at least second on the school’s career assist list by season’s end, Jameer Nelson will pass several notable alumni—Bruiser Flint (402), Maurice Martin (415), Bob McNeill (442), Rashid Bey (509), and Luke Griffin (523). Only Curry’s 580 assists seem to be an obstacle.

 

Rap Curry’s single game assist record might also be in jeopardy. He currently shares the record with Tom Haggerty. In two seasons, Nelson has registered several games with double digit assist totals. His best single game assist performance came against Xavier when he accumulated 12 assists.

 

Nelson has also come very close to breaking Bob McNeill’s record for highest assist average in a season—6.5 apg. Nelson produced a 6.45 average freshman year and a 6.27 average sophomore year. Nelson undoubtedly will also attain the record for highest career assist average by the time his career is done. Matt Goukas set the current mark of 5.7 apg.

 

It will be interesting to see if Nelson can rack up enough assists with the current crop of players. Saint Joseph’s loses four 1000 point scorers this year to graduation—Marvin O’Connor (1678 points), Na’im Crenshaw (1325), Damian Reid (1079), and Bill Phillips (1007).

 

by Patrick Wandalowski