May 13, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Shae Nelson, a former member of the Ole Miss women's basketball team, has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend and play basketball at East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2013, according to an announcement by head coach Heather Macy on Monday.
"Shae will be a tremendous asset to our program," Macy said. "She has a gift for scoring the basketball, and combined with her versatility, she will be a great fit in our system. Shae is a shooter by trait and can play multiple positions due to her dynamic offensive skill set. She is someone we can use in a variety of ways. We are so excited to welcome her to our basketball family."
The 6-foot-1 forward comes to ECU after playing her freshman year at Ole Miss and her sophomore season at Northwest Florida State College where she was ranked as the No. 18 junior college player in the nation by All Star Girl's Report as well as the No. 25 junior college player in the country by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
At Ole Miss, Nelson played in 24 games while starting in 12. She finished the year third in scoring as she averaged 7.8 points per game. The Cordova, Tenn., native was solid from beyond the arc as she recorded a team-best 45 three-pointers on the year including 35 in SEC action. She scored in double figures on eight occasions including a pair of 20-point performances against No. 17/18 Kentucky (22 points) and at Auburn (21 points). Her 21 points at Auburn came off of seven treys to tie the school record for made three-pointers in a game.
Nelson was a four-year letter winner at Cordova High School (Tenn.) where she was an All-District selection as a freshman, junior and senior. The four-time Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps honoree averaged 16.8 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists in her senior year.
2011-13: Saw action at Northwest Florida State College...Rated the No. 18 ranked junior college player in the country by All Star Girl's Report...Ranked as the No. 25 junior college player in the country by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
2010-11: Played in 24 games and made 12 starts during her first season with Ole Miss...Finished the year third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.8 points per game...Averaged 2.7 rebounds per game and was third on the team in minutes per game with 27.2...Recorded a team-best 45 three pointers on the year including 35 in SEC play...Scored in double figures in eight games including a pair of 20-point games...Recorded a career-high 22 points against No. 17/18 Kentucky (Jan. 27) including six threes...Added 21 points at Auburn (Jan. 13) on seven three pointers to tie the school record for three pointers in a game...Recorded at least one made three pointer in 21 of the 24 games she appeared in including at least one in each of her first 17 appearances...Grabbed a career-high eight boards in a 64-60 win over Nicholls State (Nov. 20) and added seven at Hawai`i (Nov. 27)...Recorded a career-high four steals in a 69-60 win against Sam Houston State (Nov. 13) and dished out a career-high three assists in a 69-65 win at No. 23/24 Arkansas (Jan. 23)...Ended the year fourth in the SEC in league games in three-point field goals made (35, 2.2).
High School: Attended Cordova High School in Cordova, Tenn...Lettered four years in basketball and was a member of the junior varsity volleyball team as a sophomore...Was an All-District selection as a freshman, junior and senior...Four-time Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of The Preps honoree...Averaged 16.8 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game as a senior...Averaged 17.5 points per game as a junior...Graduated high school with honors and maintained a 3.6 GPA or higher in high school.
Personal: Born Shae'ann Desire Nelson on October 8, 1991...Daughter of Andre and Connie Nelson...Majoring in social work.