Posted On: 02/19/18 11:55 AM
Edina guard Anders Nelson is scoring 19 a game and has an assortment of teams contacting him from various levels.
“Things have gone pretty well for us so far this season,” Anders said. “We’re sitting at 14-8, but we also have one of the toughest schedules in the state, including some huge wins. We move the ball extremely well, and we’re able to get stops when we need them.”
Edina has wins over the likes of CDH, Apple Valley, Delano, Shakopee, MCA, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Cambridge. An impressive list as any. That said the Hornets have lost four of five (Orono, Wayzata, Hopkins, and Prior Lake) before beating Cambridge on Saturday.
“As of now, we have (five) games left, that are all winnable games for us,” Nelson said. “Assuming we close out the season strong, I think we should be a 1-3 seed going into sections.
“Our section is pretty tough, so I don’t think the seedings even matter that much, anyone can come out of there.”
The section is tough with Eden Prairie (17-6), Prior Lake (18-4), Chaska (16-6), Minnetonka (12-10), Shakopee (11-11), Chanhassen (11-11), and Jefferson (11-10). It’s the only section that has teams that are all .500 or more (as a comparison, the second best team in 3AAAA is Eastview who would be an eight seed at 10-12 if they were in 2AAAA).
Nelson is scoring 19 points a contest with a high of 29 coming early in the year against BSM and hitting 28 four different times (Delano, Park Center, STMA, and Washburn).
“My game has changed into a little bit more of a scoring type,” Anders said. “The past few years and in AAU I’ve been a key roll guy that can take care of the ball, play good D, and knock down big shots when needed.
“This year, I’ve been able to show that I can score 20 a game as well as distribute the ball well between all of our guys from the PG spot, my natural position.”
What will Edina do for college basketball? It could be a D1, it could be the Northern Sun, and it could be the MIAC. That decision is yet to be made.
“As of now, I’m hearing from Nebraska Omaha, St. Cloud State, Sioux Falls, Northern State, as well as St. John’s, and St. Thomas,” Anders said.
“I checked out St. John’s this past weekend, and I’m planning on visiting St. Thomas this weekend. I’m also going down to Nebraska Omaha this upcoming week.”