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January 18, 2012 Terrence Payne
Central Catholic sophomore guard, Tyler Nelson received local MVP honors at the 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic, held at Springfield College this past week.
Nelson led his Raiders with 19 points and seven rebounds as the state’s No. 1 team escaped win a narrow 72-66 win over Springfield Cathedral Thursday night.
The 6-foot sharpshooter connected on five 3-pointers including a crucial trey with 1:37 to seal the game.
Nelson is considered one of the top sophomores in Massachusetts, but does not appear to play like one.
He has a maturity about him that can be seen in his decision making. Rarely in Thursday’s win over Cathedral, did he looked rush or out of control. Central Catholic head coach Rick Nault raves about how smart his sophomore guard is with the ball in his hands.
He has a great shooting touch and is a great catch-and-shoot player.
Nelson has a high ceiling for potential and is should be a player talked about over the next two seasons.
Nelson has had a brilliant 2011-2012 campaign so far, also taking home MVP honors at the Greater Lawrence Boys Christmas Tournament back in late December.
Hoophall Classic Tournament Teams:
Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Tyrell Springer, Springfield Central
Joe Crapps, New Leadership Charter School
Jaylen Brantley, Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Kamali Bey, Wilbraham & Monson Academy
All-Tournament First Team:
Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
Nerlens Noel, Tilton (N.H.)
Tyler Lewis, Oak Hill (Va.)
Aaron Thomas, Brewster (N.H.)
Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (N.J.)
All-Tournament Second Team:
Dominic Artis, Findlay Prep (Nev.)
Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga (D.C.)
Katin Reinhardt, Mater Dei (Calif.)
Grant Jerrett, LaVerne Lutheran (Calif.)
Jabari Parker, Chicago Simeon (Ill.)
Italics means Most Outstanding Player
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