Nelson was in the opening lineup against Colorado on Senior Night, playing four minutes. He took a season-high two field-goal attempts and recorded two offensive rebounds in the contest, matching his total from the rest of the season.
Nelson posted a season-best four points in a road contest against No. 14 Texas, hitting all four of his free throw attempts while seeing six minutes of action. It was a career high for attempts and made free throws in a game for Nelson, who finished the year hitting 10-of-18 at the line. Nelson also had a pair of steals in his six minutes off the bench against the Longhorns.
During non-conference play, Nelson earned playing time in 11 games, including a career-high nine minutes against Chicago State. He scored two points in four contests, including single field goals against UMKC and Southeastern Louisiana.
Starting the season on a solid note, Nelson played five minutes and had an offensive rebound against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also had a rebound and an assist in a come-from-behind victory over IPFW before Christmas, and posted all three of his points on the year in four minutes against Maryland Eastern Shore. During conference play, Nelson saw action in four games, including three minutes at Missouri, which went on to reach the Elite Eight.
Nelson competed in six non-conference games but did not see action during Big 12 play until getting two minutes off the bench in the regular-season finale against Colorado. Nelson hit his only shot from the field against the Buffs and added a rebound. He came back to see three minutes of action over two games in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
In the best performance of his career, Nelson hit both of his field-goal attempts and 2-of-3 at the line to score six points while adding a rebound against Savannah State. He added a career-high eight minutes of action against North Carolina Central just over a week later.
In the classroom, Nelson was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll.
He appeared in three contests for a total of nine minutes. All three of Nelson's appearances came during Big 12 Conference action, including two road contests. He was one of two new walk-ons (also Nick Krenk) to earn a varsity letter after making the travel squad for every league contest.
Nelson's most extensive action came with five minutes against Oklahoma. He also logged three minutes at nationally ranked Kansas and had one minute at home vs. Colorado when he recorded his only shot attempt.
Nelson lettered twice in basketball for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School and Coach Terry Miller. He earned all-league honors as a senior when he led the team with 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while hitting 67 percent from the field. He produced 7.3 points per game, and set the school single-game (9) and single-season (60) records for blocked shots. He posted career highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds.
A two-year letterwinner on the basketball court, Nelson also earned a pair of varsity letters in track and field. In the classroom, he was a National Honor Society member and an 'A' Honor Roll student.