Nelson Garners All-MAAC First Team Honors
February 27, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Tyler Nelson earned a spot on the 2017 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) men’s basketball first team following his performance during the 2016-17 regular season. The accolade is Nelson’s third in his three-year career, also garnering a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie team in 2014-15 and the All-MAAC second team in 2015-16.
“I’m proud of Tyler’s selection as a first team player,” Head Coach Sydney Johnson said. “He’s been tremendous for us. I’ve tried to coach him hard and put a lot on his plate. He takes in all that coaching and just goes out and does it every night. He’s a very good player for us and gives out other players an excellent person to follow on and off the court.”
The guard has spent most of the season among the conference leaders in several statistical categories including scoring. Nelson led the MAAC in scoring for most of the season before holding his current position of number two with his 18.9 scoring average. He leads the MAAC in minutes played, averaging 36.1 per game which also places him 29th in the nation.
Nelson also ranks within the conference for three-point field goals made (2.4 per game), third in free throw percentage (.863), ninth in assists (3.5 per game), 11th in steals (1.4 per game), and 14th in three-point field goal percentage (.384).
He picked up two MAAC Player of the Week awards during the year, starting with his performances against Dartmouth and Wagner in late November. He averaged 25.5 points per game in a 2-0 week, including 28 points at Dartmouth and 23 points in an overtime victory at Wagner. Nelson was also picked as the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week. He earned his second weekly award after scoring a career-high 38 points in a road win against Rider and followed up with 23 points in a loss at Siena.
The Fairfield University men’s basketball team, seeded fifth, will compete in the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championship this weekend, beginning with Saturday’s match up against fourth-seeded Siena College at 9:30 pm. The Stags enter the game with a 16-13 overall record and an 11-9 MAAC mark, having won eight of their final 11 regular-season contests. The 2017 MAAC Basketball Championship takes place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.