But the man who was the youngest to win England Basketball Player Of The Year in 2013 has adapted superbly to the NCAA's Big West Conference. At just 18 years old (the youngest player on the team), the freshman guard stands tall at 6'3 and walks on the court as one of Coach Turner's vibrant starting five.
Nelson, son of former England international Steve, has produced double-digit scoring in 14 out of 20 games played this season. His latest display came on Saturday at home to Hawaii when he scored 11 points and earned 3 assists. However, UC Irvine were unlucky to lose their first Big West game in overtime (86-90) to move to a 4-1 record but the Anteaters are still top of the Conference standings.
Elsewhere, Ovie Soko led Duquesne with 27 points to beat St Bonaventure 83-81 in a game in which the lead changed five times in the final minute. Nineteen of Soko's points came in the second half, which ended with a 3-point buzzer beater from team mate Derrick Colter to win the game for the home team. Soko fell just two points short of his career-high mark and the win brings Duquesne back up to a 6-6 Conference record.
Ashley Hamilton has had a January to remember in the Italian Second Division (Liga DNA Silver), so much so that the British forward has been named Player Of the Month for the league.
His performances for Calabria have been exemplary since the turn of the year with four successive double-digit scoring performances with three of them converted into double-doubles by excellence in rebounding.
The 26 year-old's most recent game on Sunday night (January 26) saw him score 13 points, collect 14 rebounds along with 5 assists and 5 steals in the win over Chieti. His best display of 2014 so far came two weeks previously where he netted 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in victory over Barese. Hamilton joined the club in November and is Calabria's top points scorer, averaging 16.5 points per game and their best rebounder (9 rebounds per game).
Kieron Achara's club side Academic, Sofia continue to sit on top of the Bulgarian NBL with only one defeat in thirteen games after their latest victory on Saturday 25th - their seventh in a row. The leaders comfortably beat eighth-ranked side Baroe (106-50) with the Scot coming off the bench to score a team-high 17 points.
FIBA Europe Player Of The Year nominee Devon van Oostrum was given an opportunity to impress for his Spanish club side Vitoria as they faced Greek giants Olympiakos in the last 16 of EuroLeague. He scored four points on Friday night in what was his eleventh appearance of the season.
Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan enjoyed his weekend a little more than last, as Leicester Riders returned to form in the BBL Championship. They beat Birmingham Knights 106-55 on Saturday, with Sullivan picking up a modest 8 points and 6 rebounds. Great Britain international Jamell Anderson also added 10 points with 4 rebounds to the win.
Great Britain U20 international from last summer, Zac Wells had a weekend to remember domestically. He helped Hemel Storm beat Medway Park 82-76 on Saturday in the National Cup with 12 points (55% shooting percentage) and 9 rebounds from the hands of the 7-foot centre. The win takes Hemel into the third round.