Posted On: 10/19/18 10:26 PM

It looked like Melrose might be headed towards a rebuilding season this time a year ago. The Flyers went out and won 24 games and reached the section championship game again. A key cog in that effort and one of the main reasons they’ll be a top-10 caliber team again this year is senior Reegan Nelson.

Nelson, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 15 points per game as a junior and spent the spring/summer playing with Crossfire where he continued to show his ability to compete against top level competition.

“I had a great time playing with Crossfire/Bellefeuille,” said Nelson. “It’s important to play against that kind of competition because you need to play your best every weekend. That makes you a much better player.”

Nelson does a lot of things well on the court even if he may not necessarily have one blue chip skill. He’s a solid shooter, shoot-creator, passer and defender both in an individual and team sense. He’s been well-schooled in the Melrose system and culture and seems to add something to his game with each passing month.

Nelson is a two-sport stud for the Flyers, so he’ll have the chance to play either football or basketball in college and he said he’s still deciding which one to prioritize at that level.

“I am hoping to play either basketball or football in college,” Nelson said. “I have received a lot of interest from multiple schools in both sports. I’m just keeping my options open and enjoying my senior year.”

Melrose will head into the season ranked in the top 10 by most sites and a favorite to not only win their conference but also their section.

“I hope we can win our conference again and make it to state,” Nelson said. “We should be able to put together a good season if we stay healthy.”