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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nelson to redshirt

The Oakland University Web site has confirmed in a press release that Derick Nelson will take a medical redshirt this season. Nelson played in two games after suffering a broken foot back on Nov. 13. He played just eight minutes at Eastern Michigan and nine minutes against Michigan State. He didn't score in either contest and didn't look to be 100 percent.

My thoughts
Obviously with a healthy Nelson next season the Grizzlies, who will also have St. John's transfer Larry Wright next season, will once again be a contender for the Summit League title. But that's a long way off. Oakland has proven it can win without him this season and is still among the favorites in the league. It's a shame Nelson had to suffer through a freak injury like this, but despite that the decision to redshirt him now is probably best for all involved. Hopefully Nelson's foot will heal 100 percent and he will be ready to go for the 2009-10 season.



Blogger Gary said...

Thanks for the follow up. This year will still be exciting to follow and makes next year even more interesting.

December 30, 2008 at 5:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats too bad about D.NEL, but he really didn't look like the same guy he was last season. Next year it will be interesting to see how he comes back.

January 2, 2009 at 7:34 PM 

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