University of Washington
Scholarship freshman forward who should challenge for immediate playing time ... An outstanding long-range shooter who is also adept at finishing close to the basket ... An fine athlete who excelled in track and field last year during his only season competing in the sport ... Chose Washington over Georgia Tech, Gonzaga and some Pac-10 schools.
McNary High School (Keizer, Ore.)
Four-year letterman ... Averaged 20.8 points his senior season to finish as the school's all-time scoring leader ... Also averaged eight points and three assists per game for McNary, which had a 13-10 record ... Scored at a 22-point clip his junior season, leading the team to a seventh-place state finish ... A first-team All-Valley League selection his final three seasons ... A first-team Oregon all-state selection in 2005 ... Voted the team's MVP his junior and senior seasons ... Received the team's Most Improved award his sophomore year ... The No. 12 prospect in the Best in the West poll compiled by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... Listed as No. 25 in his class by Foxsports.com ... The nation's No. 44 prep prospect in the Bob Gibbons' All-Star Report ... The Rivals.com No. 71 recruit in the country and the No. 19 small forward ... Named high honorable mention on Street & Smith's preseason High School All-American list ... No. 66 recruit according to Scout.com and No. 13 at the small forward position ... Competed in track and field for the first time his senior season and proved to be a natural ... Won the district high jump championship with a clearance of 6-feet, 8-inches ... Placed second in the triple jump at the district meet with a leap of 42 feet ... Also competed in the 200- and 400-meter events, qualifying for districts in the 200 ... Participated in the ABCD camp in New Jersey and was selected to the all-star team.
Coach Romar on Phil Nelson
"We have recruited one of the best shooters in the country in Phil Nelson. He is not just limited to being a shooter. He is an excellent passer and has a great feel for the game."