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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.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Derick Nelson feature coming Sunday


My second feature story on the man, myth and legend Derick Nelson will appear in Sunday's Oakland Press and online several hours prior. Here's a sample:

By PAUL KAMPE

Of The Oakland Press
Several injuries threatened Derick Nelson’s final games in a lengthy career at Oakland University. One of the first was a foot injury in 2008-09, which kept him out of all but a few games. After he took a medical redshirt for that season for another shot at glory with the supremely talented Oakland squad of last season, Nelson suffered a groin injury during a lengthy roadtrip late in the season. Then, in the Summit League Tournament, Nelson suffered a broken nose early on. With those parts already suffering, he hurt his back on the eve of the tournament championship game. Pregame stretching got him back in order and Nelson had the game of his life, scoring 36 points en route to a tournament MVP award. With the conference tournament championship, the Golden Grizzlies made their second NCAA tournament. Late in the first half of the opening-round game against Pittsburgh, Nelson took an elbow to the forehead. He laid there for several minutes while blood gushed onto the court. Last week, Nelson, now finally 100 percent, lifted his left hand and put his signature on a professional contract to play basketball in Finland.
“I’m extremely happy to be playing professional ball, but I was able to get a ring, too,” Nelson said. “And that was the whole reason for me coming back. For it to pay off this way is a really good feeling.”

For the entire story, click here.

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