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Nelsen lucky to be part of M-Leeds’ postseason

Senior suffered minor concussion

February 19, 2010
Matt Mullally

Minnewaukan-Leeds forward Brad Nelsen is grateful he has more basketball to play this season.

His playing status was in serious doubt late last month.

Nelsen hit his head hard on the floor in a game against North Star (Cando), attempting to take a charge.

"I played the rest of the game and then played against St. John (two days later) before going to the doctor, Nelsen recalls. "I shouldn't have played against St. John. I had massive headaches."

Nelsen eventually did go to a doctor who figured he sustained a mild concussion when he hit his head. He sat out the Lions district game with Langdon on Jan. 30.

The headaches went away and a week later he was back on the court.

"I'm glad to get the chance to play again,' the 5-11 senior said.

His coach and teammates are as well.

"Brad is a key part of our team...key part to our postseason,' M-L coach Mark Swanson said.

Nelsen was a starter a season ago, but admitted his role was more of a defensive stopper than a scorer.

This season he was called upon to add more offense to his game and he's delivered. He's second on the team in points, averaging just under 10 per game.

"I score a lot of my points off of fast breaks and by hitting mid-range shots,' Nelsen said.

He is second on the team in rebounding, and judging by his willingess to take a charge, isn't afraid to battle near the basket for the ball.

"He's got a lot of skills on both ends of the floor,' Swanson said.

As the lone senior, Nelsen knows he has to provide leadership as well. "We have a lot of younger players this year and I try and stay positive,' he said.

Which has been a challenge at times given the team's struggles to win games. However, Nelsen has been through this before. A season ago the Lions had just one win in their first eight games, but turned their season around and advanced to the region tournament.

That's the destination Nelsen hopes will be reached again. M-L will play at the District 8 Tournament later this week as the No. 7 seed, but Nelsen says his team is capable of winning two games there.

"We're a better team than our record shows and we want to prove that,' he said.



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