Class of '96
Decatur High, Seattle, WA
Parent: Emeline Nelson
Coach: Ed Boyce
All-MIAC post Kenny Nelson, despite his slender 6-7 frame, was third in the 1995-96 MIAC rebounding Stats with 8.3 per game. He was a 54% career shooter from the field with 483 career points and 349 career rebounds. His 109 career blocked shots is second best in Cobber history, behind 7-footer Garrett Byrne's 129 from 1981-83. And his one 3-point shot of the year was good at the buzzer to give the Cobbers a season-opening 73-70 win over Jamestown. His intelligence and dedication brought a new level of maturity to the Cobbers' play on the court and their daily practices.
Kenny Nelson Career Stats
GMS PPG RPG Pts Rbs FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3M 3A 3% Ast St Bl 1994-95 25 8.1 5.0 203 126 83-146 57.0 37 51 73.0 0 0 0 28 22 52 1995-96 27 10.4 8.3 281 223 118 227 52.0 44 68 64.7 1 1 100 32 36 57 Totals 52 9.5 6.8 483 349 201 373 53.8 81 119 68.1 1 1 100 60 58 109
He was part of a senior class that left a legacy of success:
After helping the 1994-95 Cobbers post an 18-7 record and reach the MIAC playoffs for the first time since 1987, they saw six of their teammates graduate and listened to predictions that 1995-96 would be a down year. But instead of falling back, this group of talented student athletes helped forge a new team that, at 21-6, became the school's first NCAA men's basketball tournamnt team. They also set a school record for wins in a season.
- No Running Cobber senior class can claim more wins in their final two seasons. The 1982-83 Cobber seniors had 38 wins in their final two seasons. This year's seniors have 39 wins over their last two seasons and a 39-13 record
- The 1995-96 Cobbers recorded consecutive top-2 finishes in the MIAC for only the second time in school history. (The 1981-82 and 82-83 Cobbers won consecutive MIAC titles.) Their MIAC Playoff Championship is the 4th MIAC men's basketball championship in School history. The earlier titles came in 1931, 1982 and 1983.
- As a result of their hard work, intelligence and unselfishness, the Cobbers led the MIAC for the second consecutive year in field goal percentage and were number 2 in league rebounding and scoring stats, despite being one of the league's smallest teams.
- These seniors have played a big role in rewriting Cobber team records, including most points per game (86.4 in '94-95) and best team single season field goal percentage (51.2 in 1994-95). The 1995-96 team passed the school record of 144 made 3-pointers set last year. They made 174.
- Most importantly, this group of seniors has helped build an expectation of excellence, an ethic of unselfishness, and a dedication to hard work that is now an integral part of the Running Cobber program. Their coaches and teammates will be ever grateful.
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