Islanders Men's Basketball Signs William Nelson to NLI

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's basketball team has signed William Nelson (Acadiana, La./Hutchinson CC) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Willis Wilson announced today. Nelson is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward who will have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Islanders in the fall of 2012.

"William is a long, athletic wing that has an impressive skill set," Wilson said. "He is a great inside-outside combination and is quick for his size, which will make him a tough guy to match up with. He's also a high-character young man who embodies the kind of player we want in our program going forward."

Nelson averaged 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last year for Hutchinson, leading the team on the glass and finishing second on the Dragons in scoring. He shot 45.2 percent from the field and hit 35-of-113 of his three-pointers, making him one of the top inside-outside threats in the Jayhawk Conference. He added 28 steals and 33 assists on the year and was the 90th-ranked junior college player in the nation, according to JuCoRecruiting.com.

His finest performance came against Allen Community College in November 2010, when Nelson dropped 28 points. He finished the year with four 20-point contests and five double-doubles. He had season highs of 13 rebounds and three blocked shots against Independence, three steals against Northwest-Shoals and three assists against Cloud County.

In 2009-10, Nelson played for Baton Rouge Community College, where his best game saw him score 38 points in a 94-82 win over Southwest Mississippi Community College. He averaged 20 points and nine rebounds on the season for the Bears, helping them to a 17-10 record as a freshman. He is currently completing requirements for his associate's degree at Dodge City Community College.

Nelson played his high school basketball for Port Allen under Kirby Loupe. He helped the team to a 34-4 record in the 2007-08 season, as the team advanced to the fourth round of the state playoffs. In 2006-07, the team went 26-8 and moved on to the second round of the postseason.

Nelson also played club basketball with the Texas Ambassadors, where he played alongside current Islanders freshman Jake Kocher.