Nelson and Co. take the top seeding for the Big West Tournament which begins this week at Anaheim's Honda Center. UCI take to the court next Thursday for their quarter-final with University of California - Riverside.
Two extra bonuses for Nelson was his receipt of the Big West Freshman Of The Year Award and his inclusion in the Big West All-Second Team.
Meanwhile, it is tournament time too for GB's Ovie Soko, whose Duquesne completed the regular season with an 81-69 win at George Mason University on Saturday. The GB forward secured 18 points, all inside the arc as the Dukes benefitted from accurate 3-point shooting elsewhere. In addition, Soko won six rebounds, but while Duquesne finish with a winning road record of 7-6 this season, they are at 13-16 overall with a young team who were predicted to finish bottom of the Atlantic-10.
Soko graduates this summer however, but now knows each game could be his last in NCAA basketball ahead of the Atlantic-10 Tournament which begins this week at the home of the Brooklyn Nets - the Barclays Center. Duquesne are seeded no.10 and will face no.7 Richmond in the first round on Thursday night.
Both GB internationals in the German ProA league were responsible for good individual performances although their teams had contrasting results to show for it. Falkirk's Ali Fraser scored 19 points on Saturday as Gotha Rockets beat Cuxhaven 94-72. He also added four rebounds as the Rockets stay eighth in the standings.
Myles Hesson's 12 points and nine rebounds were hallmarks of a good all-round performance on Sunday, but Giessen 46ers were on the losing side at Ehingen (67-77) and slip to 5th.
Andrew Lawrence scored eight points and collected three rebounds for the second game in a row for Croatian side KK Zadar in the Adriatic League. But his team remain bottom of the table following a Sunday night defeat to Bosnians Siroki Primorka (58-72).
A good scoring display on Sunday from GB international forward Gareth Murray ensured Glasgow Rocks have a great chance of playing in this month's BBL Trophy Final on their home court. The 6'7 forward netted 20 points as the Rocks won the first leg of their semi final at Cheshire Phoenix (80-74). Glasgow could earn the right to play current BBL leaders Worcester Wolves or Sheffield Sharks on March 30th. Twenty-four hours earlier, Murray scored 15 points as Glasgow won 96-75 at Birmingham Knights in the BBL Championship.
There was excitement at the John Sandford Centre where Newcastle Eagles claimed victory over Leicester Riders by a single point on Saturday (84-83). GB captain Drew Sullivan's double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) for Leicester was backed up by fellow 2013 squad member Jamell Anderson who added 14 points to the final tally.
Friday night had seen the Eagles beat Plymouth Raiders on their home court (94-74) but there was a notable 15 points for Plymouth's GB U20 international Louis Sayers.