Magic Obtain Draft Rights to Jameer Nelson
Orlando sends future first round pick to Denver
PROFILE | NELSON COMMENTS | GM COMMENTS
Orlando, FL, June 24, 2004 – The Orlando Magic obtained the draft rights to guard Jameer Nelson from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future first round draft pick, General Manager John Weisbrod announced tonight. Nelson was selected in the first round with the 20th pick overall.
Nelson (6’, 190, 2/9/82) spent four seasons at St. Joseph’s University, averaging 16.8 ppg., 5.7 apg., 4.6 rpg. and 2.05 stlpg. in 125 career games. He leaves SJU as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,094), assists (713) and steals (256). He had his jersey number 14 retired by the Hawks on Apr. 23.
Following his senior season (2003-04), Nelson was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning the Associated Press, Naismith, Rupp, Robertson and Chevrolet Player of the Year awards. He also shared the NABC top player award with Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor. In addition, Nelson was selected as a unanimous First Team All-America by the Associated Press, named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and captured the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, signifying the top player in the country 6-feet and under.
In 2003-04, Nelson led St. Joseph’s to a perfect regular season (27-0), a top ranking in the national polls, the school’s first-ever #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a school-best 30-2 record. He led the Hawks in scoring (20.6 ppg.), assists (5.3 apg.) and steals (2.97 stlpg) and was named the A-10’s Player of the Week a record eight times.
As a junior (2002-03), Nelson averaged 19.7 ppg. (46th in NCAA), 5.0 rpg., 4.7 apg. (fourth in Atlantic 10) and 2.2 stlpg. in 30 games. He poured in a career-high 39 points during the second round of the A-10 Tournament vs. Dayton, the third-highest single-game scoring performance in A-10 Tournament history.
During his sophomore campaign (2001-02), Nelson led the Atlantic 10 and ranked 16th in the nation, dishing out 6.3 apg. He also led the conference in free throw percentage and ranked second in scoring. As a freshman (2000-01), Nelson led the A-10 with 6.5 apg. and set a single-season school record with 213 assists.