Two months ago South Kent (CT) guard Anthony Nelson was an under-the-radar name on the national scene. After big performances this Spring on the EYBL circuit, Nelson is now firmly on the radar of high-major programs and should be considered one of the better perimeter prospects in the country.
A big guard that scores at all three levels while consistently displaying good court vision, Nelson has raised his stock tremendously since April playing with the New York Lightning.
“I think we’re doing very good, I feel like I’m playing well & showing everyone how efficient I am,” Anthony told Endless Motor Sports.
Having viewed Nelson in April for EYBL sessions 1 and 2, he was one of the most versatile guards present. Anthony is great going downhill where he finishes through contact, knocks down the midrange jumper off the dribble, finds teammates for easy dumpoffs and can space the floor from distance.
“My biggest strengths are scoring the ball and making everybody around me better,” said Nelson.
Anthony’s recruitment has picked up a ton of steam recently, as he’s received offers from VCU, Dayton, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, UMass, and Towson within the past month alone. In addition to those programs, Nelson also holds offers from Rhode Island, DePaul, Rutgers, Manhattan, Hofstra, Drake and St. John’s.
Anthony also reports interest from Syracuse, Villanova, UConn, Temple, Florida, UNLV, and Seton Hall among others.
Nelson does not have a leader or a top group at this point, but has intentions on seeing a few programs this Summer.
“I’ll probably take a couple unofficials to UMass, Villanova, and Rutgers. I’ll take some more later in the Summer.”
While Nelson does not have a commitment timeline, he’s looking to focus on select schools near the end of Summer and early Fall.
“I’ll probably start narrowing my list down right before my senior season,” said Anthony.
As for right now, Nelson is eager to help the NY Lightning get to the top of the EYBL standings and become a household name across the country.
“My goal is to win the Peach Jam championship and become a top 100 player,” Anthony told Endless Motor Sports.
We look for Nelson to add more high major offers this summer. His combination of size, scoring and vision makes him one of the more well-rounded guards in the 2018 class. While he’s known for scoring, his vision and playmaking ability for others is what makes him such an intriguing prospect as a combo-guard at the next level.