Rodney Watson on Aaron Nelson

The All-Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s basketball team for 2013-14 features two USI players: senior center Aaron Nelson (co-player of the year, first team) and junior guard Gavin Schumann (all-defensive team). Nelson became the ninth USI player chosen for the honor and first since Jamar Smith in 2010. Following are coach Rodney Watson’s thoughts on Nelson:

Senior center Aaron Nelson, who averages 19.8 points, 13.2 rebounds and has produced 22 double-doubles in points and rebounds this season – Just start with the sheer numbers. It’s hard to score double figures in a college game, let alone double figures in every game. I heard (former Indiana University) coach (Bob) Knight say, ‘Give me a guy who gets you 15 points every night and you can have the guy who gets 20 points one night and five the next.’ We’re talking about a guy you can count on. It’s remarkable how consistent he’s been. That for me should be one of the criteria for player of the year. I mean, 14 rebounds a game? The rebounding is just, man oh man … A lot of times in this league you have a guy who’s a great rebounder but not a great scorer. And certainly in this league there a lot of great scorers. With him, you’re not talking 10 (points) and 10 (rebounds) but 20 and 14. Those are incredible numbers. But here is what I thought is remarkable is the consecutive streak of double-doubles. That’s Joe DiMaggio stuff. Chris Bowles being the last guy at this school to do that (18 years ago) — I don’t think there’s ever been any other guy … A Chris Bowles comes along today, he’s in the Big Ten or the SEC or the ACC. Aaron is three games short of a double double (for the season) –  that’s not going to be easily replaced, I can tell you that.

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