Kenny Nelson '96 Cobber Men's Basketball


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Kenny Nelson:

Class of '96

Forward 6-7

Decatur High, Seattle, WA

Born: 4-19-71

Parent: Emeline Nelson

Coach: Ed Boyce

Major:Communications

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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