Former University of Washington basketball player Phil Nelson will transfer to Portland State University and play basketball for the Vikings. Nelson, who was a freshman for the Huskies during the 2006-07 season, will transfer to PSU this fall. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he will redshirt in 2007-08.
"We're very excited about Phil's addition to our program," said Viking Coach Ken Bone. "One, because he is local kid who wants to be a part of the Portland State basketball program. And two, because he is a really outstanding athlete who can shoot it."
Nelson, a 6-7 forward, attended McNary High School in Keizer. In his only season with Washington, he played in 31 games, starting nine times. Nelson averaged 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game. He shot .413 from the field, with more than half of his field goal attempts coming from beyond the three-point line. Nelson hit 24 of 82 three-pointers for a .293 percentage.
Nelson averaged 20.8 points per game as a senior at McNary, and 22 points as a junior. He was a three-time All-Valley League selection and was named first team All-State in 2005.
Portland State has eight returning letterwinners and four returning redshirts to its 2007-08 squad. The Vikings lost its two main three-point threats in seniors Juma Kamara (69-171, .404 3-pt FG) and Paul Hafford (76-204, .373).
Nelson will pick up the scholarship made available at the conclusion of the season when guard Ryan Sommer left the program. He will have sophomore eligibility in 2008-09.