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Inducted as a truly great player, Nelson was a three-time first-team All-American (1983, 1984, 1985) at Syracuse University after transferring from North Carolina State University following his freshman season. Nelson was awarded the USILA’s Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the national attackman of the year three times (1983, 1984 and 1985). Syracuse won the NCAA national championship in 1983 and finished as the national runner-up during Nelson’s junior and senior seasons in 1984 and 1985.
Nelson also was selected for the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game in 1985, and recognized on the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 1995. He concluded his playing career in 1985 as the NCAA's Division I all-time scoring leader with 320 points. At the time of his induction, Nelson still ranked third in career points and remained first in career assists with 221.