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Ed Nelson claims ACC Hoops Rookie of the Year Award

By Derek Haynes
Sports Editor
March 15, 2002


ACC Rookie of the Year Ed Nelson goes up for a shot as Duke's Nick Horvath and GT's Clarence Moore look on.

Freshman forward Ed Nelson became the ninth Tech basketball player to garner ACC Rookie of the Year Honors Wednesday after a stellar first-year campaign.

The 6'7" forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 54.2 percent from the floor in ACC play. Nelson was second among rookies in scoring and tops among first-year players in both rebounding and field goal shooting percentage.

"I'm very happy for Ed," said head coach Paul Hewitt. "His hard work and dedication was obvious to anybody who saw him play this season."

Nelson outdistanced N.C. State's Julius Hodge and teammate B.J. Elder for the award, who finished second and third respectively.

Tech has won a league-leading nine ACC Rookie of the Year awards. Nelson joins an exclusive club that includes former Tech stars Mark Price, Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury, who in 1996 was the last to win the award.

"I give a lot of credit to our coaches for helping develop my game and helping me gain the confidence to go out there every game and play well," said Nelson.

Nelson was often praised throughout the season for his poise on the floor. Nelson, along with Elder, seemed to be the most aggresive of Tech's freshman.

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