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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oakland forward Derick Nelson to return Thursday

Many already know, but senior forward Derick Nelson pulled his groin in Saturday’s win at UMKC. No one has come out and blamed me for jinxing him with Sunday’s feature story, which was written and placed on Sunday’s page before the injury, and I feel better knowing Nelson will play tomorrow.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said after practice Wednesday that Nelson will play in this weekend’s games.
“We’re day to day with him. He practiced hard today. It’s going to be sore. If this was November, we’d probably give him a week or two off, but we can’t. He’s not Peyton Manning, we’re not going to rest him for the playoffs. We want to keep winning and he wants to play,” Kampe said.
“If he gets out there and he can’t go, he’s going to come out. He feels confident he’s going to be able to go.”
Nelson has started each game this season and he’s the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 11.7 points per game.
Oakland can clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular-season title with a win tomorrow night against South Dakota State at the O'Rena.
The Grizzlies have their final three games at home, where they are 6-0 in the league and have won 17 consecutive league contests.


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