Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nelson captures yet another award

Springfield, MA (Sports Network) – The awards just keep piling up for Saint
Joseph’s guard Jameer Nelson.

On Tuesday, Nelson was chosen to receive the 2004 Male Frances Pomeroy
Naismith Award as the best college basketball player in the country 6-feet or
under.

The award, which is given by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, was given
to Nelson almost by default as the 5-foot-11 point guard was already named the
John R. Wooden Award as college basketball player of the year.

Nelson edged Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor for that honor, earning 5,408 points
to Okafor’s 5,215 in voting by a national media panel and college basketball
experts.

Nelson, who also captured this season’s Naismith Award as the top player,
helped Saint Joseph’s to an undefeated regular season. The Hawks then finished
the year 30-2, losing only to Xavier in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic
10 Tournament and to Oklahoma State in the East Rutherford regional final of
the NCAA Tournament.

The senior point guard finished the season averaging 20.6 points and 5.3
assists.

Arizona’s Jason Gardener was last year’s recipient of the award, which honors
Frances Pomeroy Naismith, the daughter-in-law of basketball inventor James
Naismith.