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Alabama
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Ole Miss
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Georgia
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No. 17/15 Kentucky
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South Carolina
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Brett Nelson
Position: Assistant Coach
City/State: St. Albans, W. Va.
High School: St. Albans
Alma Mater: Florida
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 1st Year
Brett Nelson bio
Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations

Brett Nelson begins his first year with the Razorback men's basketball team in 2010, but is no stranger to the Arkansas coaching staff or system.  A former All-American guard at Florida, Nelson has known Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey since he was a highly touted recruit from West Virginia and played for the Razorback skipper and assistant Tom Ostrom while with the Gators.

Beginning his fourth year on the bench as an assistant coach, and sixth on a basketball staff, Nelson spent the past three seasons as a member of the Marshall Thundering Herd with Donnie Jones.  Jones was also a Florida assistant while Nelson was a member of the Gators. When Jones accepted the head coaching position at Central Florida following the 2009-10 season, Nelson was prepared to join his mentor. He shortly after made his way to Fayetteville to become a member of the Razorback staff.  While coaching at Marshall, Nelson helped lead them to a 24-10 mark in his last season and advance to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.  The post-season appearance was the first for a Marshall team in 22 years and its 11-5 record and third-place finish in Conference USA, was the best since 2000-01.

A burgeoning recruiter, Nelson was instrumental in the recruitment and development of Marshall's Hassan Whiteside, who earned C-USA freshman and defensive player of the year accolades while also posting 182 blocks in his first year, the fourth highest single-season total in NCAA history.  Whiteside was selected in the 2010 NBA Draft after his freshman year with the 33rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings.  Nelson's tutelage also attracted multiple All-C-USA players and a sixth man of the year award.

Prior to coaching at Marshall, Nelson made stops at Virginia Commonwealth and Colorado State where he was Director of Operations at both locales.  His VCU tenure included a 28-7 record and first round NCAA Tournament victory over Duke while working with former Florida assistant and current Alabama head coach Anthony Grant.

As a player, Nelson made himself into one of the best in Florida's history, leading the Gators to a Final Four and placing himself in the record books numerous times.  A three-year starter, Nelson completed his career as Florida's school record holder in three-point baskets made and attempted and ranked second on the all-time charts in steals, fifth in steals per game, sixth in assists and assists per game and 14th in scoring with 1,416 points.  He was a two-time winner of Florida's Most Improved Player Award and was second in the voting for the conference's most valuable player his freshman year.

Nelson was named a preseason semifinalist for the Naismith Award as a senior in 2002-03 and was an ESPN.com third-team and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 2000-01.  He was recognized as an all-region player by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) during the 2000-01 season and repeated the honor with the NABC/Pontiac in 2001-02.  He is also just one of three Florida players to earn back-to-back SEC Player of the Week awards on Feb. 26 and March 4, 2001, and was named to the 2000 NCAA Tournament All-East Regional team.

Completing his collegiate eligibility in the winter of 2003, Nelson stayed at Florida to finish his bachelor's degree in sociology (2004) before setting out on a professional basketball career.  Nelson played in Sweden for one season prior to returning to the United States to start a coaching career.

Nelson and his wife Jamie gave birth to their first child, James in September.


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