Saint Joseph's great Jameer Nelson was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame on April 17 at The Palestra.
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PHOTO GALLERY from the Induction Ceremony
Nelson is Saint Joseph’s all-time leader in points (2,094) and assists (713) in a career that spanned from 2000 to 2004. He was the Consensus National Player of the Year in 2004 as he led the Hawks to a best-ever 30-2 season, which included a number-one ranking, 27 straight wins, a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight. Nelson averaged double figures all four years, with 20.6 points per game as a senior. A four-time selection to both the All-Big 5 First Team and the All-Atlantic 10 Team, he earned the Big 5’s Most Improved award and Rookie of the Year award in 2001, and was named the Big 5’s Most Valuable Player in both 2003 and 2004. The native of Chester, Pa., was part of the winningest four-year class in Saint Joseph’s history (98-28) which made four post-season appearances, including three in the NCAA Tournament. An NBA First Round Draft pick in 2004, Nelson just completed his 13th year in the NBA as a member of the Denver Nuggets.