October 26, 2006

Nelson ready to come back strong

Want one word to describe the first two years of Duke basketball for DeMarcus Nelson?

Frustrating.

One of the best players to ever play high school basketball in California has so far not been able to hit a consistent stride at Duke because his once indestructible body has betrayed him in his first two college seasons.

Nelson had never had any injury problems until he arrived at Duke. Since then, struggles with his thumb, ankle, and foot have prevented him from developing rhythm.

He twice went down with ankle/foot injuries last year, and although he returned for the final stretch of the season, he was admittedly not the player he knew he could be.

"It was bad, maybe 40 or 50 percent," Nelson said of the condition his body was in at the end of last season.

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