A former NBA player’s son is now in the transfer portal. Jameer Nelson Jr. is leaving the University of Delaware for his senior season.
This will be the college basketball star’s second transfer as he began his career at George Washington. Last year, he averaged more than 20 points a game with the Fightin’ Blue Hens.
Nelson, as you might’ve guessed, is the son of the former Orlando Magic guard with the same name. Over his 17-year professional career, he scored just under 10,000 points.
After spending a decade in Orlando, he played with the Mavericks, Celtics, Nuggets, Pelicans, and Pistons. Prior to his NBA tenure, the senior Nelson was a superstar for St. Joseph’s between 2000-2003. He’s maybe best remembered for leading the team to the Elite Eight in 2003.
Now, we’re seeing the next generation on the floor.
Jameer Nelson Jr. entered the portal this week, and he’s now considered the second-most highly rated transfer in college basketball.
🪄 Jameer Nelson Jr. — the son of the 17-year NBA veteran — has entered the transfer portal. The high-scoring Nelson Jr. (21 ppg) earns a lofty 95 rating. https://t.co/HbAbTJcgct pic.twitter.com/eCv2JgTZRj
— 247Sports (@247Sports) March 14, 2023
Fans were quick to comment on the news. Many who saw his father play on the court are now posting reactions.
This makes me feel so old…..
— Teddy (@Ted50178168) March 14, 2023
His kids old enough to be in college? Dang
— Steven Thunder (@56blaxican) March 14, 2023
Others are telling him to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Go to St. Joes like your pops.
— KBEZ23 (@Kbez23) March 14, 2023
Nelson was a first-team All-CAA performer this past year. His coach, Martin Inglesby, had the following to say following the transfer announcement:
”Jameer has been a great ambassador for our basketball program. He’s a CAA champion, first team all-league performer, and a tremendous teammate and leader. He plans on graduating this summer from the University of Delaware and will explore his options in the transfer portal. We will support him as he goes through his process. Go Hens.”
The news likely puts a bow on his career in the CAA as he should have a number of notable suitors in pursuit of his services. Jameer Nelson Jr. could have a busy offseason as he searches for a new basketball home.