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DeMarcus De'Juan Nelson (born November 2, 1985 in Oakland, California)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Cholet Basket in France. He can play at either the point guard or shooting guard positions. Nelson has played in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors.

College career[]

Nelson played at the shooting guard position on the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. He was also the lone captain of the team for the 2007–2008 season, which was his senior year.

Collegiate stats[]

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Games: 33, PPG: 6.2, RPG: 4.5, APG: 0.8, FG%: 40.0[1]


Games: 24, PPG: 7.1, RPG: 3.4, FG% 45.5[1]


Games: 26, PPG: 14.3, RPG: 5.4, APG: 2.0, FG%: 47.9[2]


Games: 34, PPG: 14.5, RPG: 5.76, APG: 2.9, FG%: 49.0[2]

Pro career[]

Nelson was not drafted in the 2008 NBA Draft, but he was signed by the Golden State Warriors on September 9, 2008. He became the first undrafted rookie to start on opening night in the history of the NBA.[3] On November 14, 2008, he and teammate Richard Hendrix were assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. He was recalled by the Warriors on December 16, 2008, but he was waived on January 6, 2009 to make room for Jermareo Davidson.[4] Nelson joined the Croatian Adriatic League club KK Zagreb in January 2009, but only played a single game.[5] In March 2009, Nelson returned to the NBA D-League as a member of the Austin Toros. On April 9, 2009 Nelson was called up by the Chicago Bulls. He was waived on July 30, 2009.

On August 29, 2009, he was signed by Scandone Avellino of Italy.[6]

He played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League in 2010.[7]

On August 23, 2010, he was signed by Cholet Basket of France.[8] Cholet Basket is qualified for the Euroleague for the 2010-2011 season.

Awards and accomplishments[]

  • 2003 All State Quarterback, California[9]
  • 2004 California Mr. Basketball[10]
  • California High School Scoring Leader (3,462 Points)[10]
  • 2004 McDonalds All-American[10]
  • 2004–05 ACC All-Freshman Team[1]
  • 2007 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association All-ACC Honorable Mention[11]
  • 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year[12]
  • 2008 All-ACC First Team

Personal life[]

DeMarcus attended high school at Vallejo High School in Vallejo, California and Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California. His Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior years were at Vallejo and his Senior year was at Sheldon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "DeMarcus Nelson". Retrieved 2007-02-15.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "goduke" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Demarcus Nelson". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  3. "Warriors sign three free agents". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  4. "Warriors cut G Nelson, sign F Jermareo Davidson". USA Today. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  5. Zagreb Lands DeMarcus Nelson.
  6. Avellino announced DeMarcus Nelson
  7. Opinions varied on NBA draft selections
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "DeMarcus Nelson". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  11. "McRoberts, Nelson and Scheyer Receive All-ACC Recognition". 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  12. Duke's DeMarcus Nelson Tabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Year :: Senior is considered one of the league's best lockdown defenders.

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