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#21 DeMarcus Nelson
Position: Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
City/State: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Sheldon
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DeMarcus Nelson
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/29/2009

Career Notes
Named team captain for the 2007-08 season ... a strong, explosive scorer with the ability to finish in the lane ... has developed into an outside scoring threat as well, knocking down 44 three-pointers a year ago ... one of the top defensive players in the ACC ... his physical tools enable him to guard four different positions on the floor ... the only senior and most experienced player on Duke’s roster with 2,202 career minutes in 90 games played ... averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in his collegiate career ... has 43 career double-digit scoring games, the most by any Duke returnee ... a solid rebounder for a player of his size ... believed to be the earliest basketball commitment at Duke ... verbally committed to the Blue Devils in May of 2002, a week before the end of his sophomore year of high school ... one of the best athletes in the ACC ... recovered from a broken left wrist suffered in July at the Pan Am Games Trials to be ready for the 2007-08 season ... active in Duke’s award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district.

2006-07
Honorable mention All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive Team (media) selection ... ACC Coaches’ All-Defensive Team pick ... played in 33 games, making 31 starts ... averaged 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists ... shot .478 from the field (174-of-364), including .364 from three-point distance (44-of-121) ... ranked 18th in the ACC in scoring and tied for seventh in field goal percentage ... led the Blue Devils in scoring, field goals and steals ... was second on the team in rebounding and dunks ... one of only two guards in the ACC to average over 5.0 rebounds ... scored in double figures 28 times, including three 20-point games ... recorded two double-doubles ... raised his scoring average 7.0 points from his sophomore year ... finished with eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one block against Virginia Commonwealth (3/15) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... had 17 points, nine boards and two assists against N.C. State (3/8) in the opening round of the ACC Tournament ... scored 14 points and added three rebounds, two assists and one steal against North Carolina (3/4) ... had 17 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and one block against Maryland (2/28) ... scored 14 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block against St. John’s (2/25) ... had 16 points, including 11 in the first half, to go along with six rebounds and three assists against Clemson (2/22) ... made a career-high eight free throws on the way to 13 points against Georgia Tech (2/18) ... also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Yellow Jackets ... scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-5 shooting from downtown, to go along with six boards, three assists and one steal against Boston College (2/14) ... finished with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal against Maryland (2/11) ... had 12 points, two rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist against North Carolina (2/7) ... scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and a block against Florida State (2/4) ... had 12 points, four boards, two assists and a steal against Virginia (2/1) ... scored 17 points and added eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, two assists, two blocks and one steal against Boston College (1/28) ... had 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal against Clemson (1/25) ... scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals against N.C. State (1/20) ... had nine points, five boards, two steals and one assist against Wake Forest (1/18) ... scored 14 points and added three rebounds, a pair of assists and a pair of steals against Miami (1/14) ... had 12 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds against Georgia Tech (1/10) ... scored 22 points to go along with five boards, two assists, two steals and a block against Virginia Tech (1/6) ... recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Temple (1/2) ... also dished out three assists against the Owls ... scored 13 points and added four rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals against San Jose State (12/31) ... scored nine points and added nine rebounds and a block against Gonzaga (12/21) ... had 18 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a block against Kent State (12/19) ... scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 shooting from behind the three-point arc, and 5-of-5 shooting from the foul line to go along with four boards and a career-high four assists against George Mason (12/9) ... had 13 points, two boards, and one block against Holy Cross (12/6) ... scored 12 points to go along with five boards, two steals, one assist and one block against Georgetown (12/2) ... connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-7 attempts from the foul line for 19 points against Indiana (11/28) ... also had six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist against the Hoosiers ... had seven points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal against Davidson (11/25) ... named to the CBE Classic All-Tournament Team ... scored 13 points and had five rebounds and two assists against Marquette (11/21) ... had 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point arc, and 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line against Air Force (11/20) ... also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Falcons ... scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals and two assists against UNC Greensboro (11/16) ... named the CBE Classic Durham Regional MVP ... had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-2 from three-point distance, and 3-of-6 from the free throw line and added 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal against Georgia Southern (11/13) ... scored 11 points to go along with three rebounds, a career-high three blocks, three steals and two assists against Columbia (11/12).

2005-06
Played in 24 games, starting seven times ... averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds ... shot .455 from the field (61-of-134) and .410 from three-point range (25-of-61) ... the team’s fourth-leading scorer ... reached double figures in scoring in nine of 24 contests ... was Duke’s first substitution in 13 games ... averaged 21.5 minutes per game as a sophomore ... drew four charges and forced two five-second calls on the defensive end of the court ... grabbed five rebounds to go along with four points and two assists in 16 minutes against No. 19 LSU (3/23) in the NCAA Sweet 16 ... made 2-of-2 free throw attempts for two points and grabbed three rebounds against No. 14 George Washington (3/18) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... pulled down six rebounds to go with two points against Southern (3/16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... recorded four rebounds, three points and one assist against No. 11 Boston College in the ACC Championship game ... tallied six points and one steal against Wake Forest (3/11) in the ACC Semifinals ... shot 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc for 14 points against Miami (3/10) in the ACC Quarterfinals ... matched a career high with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, 2-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line against No. 13 North Carolina (3/4) ... scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc with four rebounds against Florida State (3/1) ... tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists against Temple (2/25) ... also made five free throws against the Owls ... recorded 10 points, four rebounds and two steals against Georgia Tech (2/22) ... scored 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line against Miami (2/19) ... made 5-of-9 field goals for 10 points to go along with seven rebounds against Wake Forest (2/14) ... grabbed six rebounds against Maryland (2/11) ... scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 3-of-4 from three-point range to go along with six rebounds against Florida State (2/4) ... posted four points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against No. 15 Boston College (2/1) ... scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting to go along with one assist, one block and one steal in 20 minutes off the bench against Virginia (1/28) ... returned from injury to score seven points on 3-of-5 shooting against Virginia Tech (1/26) ... made 2-of-2 three-point attempts for six points to go along with four steals in 10 minutes against No. 23 Maryland (1/11) ... left the Maryland game early due to a bone bruise on his right ankle ... returned from injury to play 11 minutes with two points against No. 23 Wake Forest (1/8) ... suffered a fractured right ankle in the first half of the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal game against Drexel (11/23) and only played eight minutes with a rebound ... scored five points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 26 minutes against Davidson (11/19) ... shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line for 16 points against Seton Hall in the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/16) ... made two three-pointers to go along with five rebounds and two assists ... recorded a career-high seven steals against Boston University in the NIT Season Tip-Off to begin the season (11/14) ... the seven steals were the fourth most in a game in school history ... also scored five points off 3-of-3 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds.

2004-05
Played in 33 games, starting twice ... was Duke’s first substitution off the bench in 20 games ... named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after averaging 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 19.2 minutes per game ... shot .400 from the field overall (66-of-165), .319 from three-point range (15-of-47) and .532 from the charity stripe (59-of-111) ... was the team’s second-leading rebounder (4.5) ... his 111 free throw attempts ranked third on the team ... one of five Duke players to see action in every game ... had six double-figure scoring games, the fifth-best total on the team ... scored eight points and grabbed three offensive rebounds in 18 minutes against Michigan State (3/25) ... had three points, two rebounds and a steal in 14 minutes versus Mississippi State (3/20) ... went 3-of-5 from the field to score six points and added a pair of rebounds against Delaware State (3/18) ... played 24 minutes, scoring four points, grabbing six rebounds and adding an assist and a steal in the ACC Championship game win over Georgia Tech (3/13) ... scored four points, grabbed nine rebounds and added a steal in a win over N.C. State (3/12) ... played 24 minutes, scoring three points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds against North Carolina (3/6) ... knocked down a pair of three-point field goals and finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals versus Miami (3/3) ... went 3-of-5 from the field and knocked down his only three-point attempt in a nine-point effort versus Wake Forest (2/20) ... also had five rebounds, two assists and a steal in the win over the Demon Deacons ... made first career start, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds versus Maryland (2/12) ... went 5-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-2 on three-pointers, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in a 16-point effort against North Carolina (2/9) ... also had two rebounds, three assists and a season-best four steals versus the Tar Heels ... had seven points and five rebounds in 23 minutes versus Wake Forest (2/2) ... scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and added two assists and three steals in 23 minutes against Virginia Tech (1/30) ... registered six points, five rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes against Florida State (1/22)  ... had six points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 28 minutes against Virginia (1/16) ... scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench versus N.C. State (1/13) ... was 5-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point distance against the Wolfpack ... had eight points and five rebounds in a win over Temple (1/8) ... scored seven points to go along with nine rebounds and a steal against Princeton (1/5) ... played a season-high 30 minutes, registering six points, nine rebounds and two assists versus Clemson (1/2) ... scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line against Oklahoma (12/18) ... added five rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and a steal in the win over the Sooners ... went 4-of-6 from the field and finished with nine points, four rebounds and three steals versus Illinois-Chicago (12/14) ... registered eight points and two steals to go along with season highs in rebounds (10) and assists (three) in a win over Toledo (12/12) ... scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in 23 minutes against Valparaiso (12/4) ... also had five rebounds, one assist and one steal versus the Crusaders ... played seven minutes, grabbing one rebound against Davidson (11/22) ... nearly registered a double-double in his first collegiate game, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in a win over Tennessee-Martin (11/20).

High School
Led the West team with 22 points at the 2004 McDonald’s All-America game ... holds the California state high school record with 3,462 career points ... also ranks in the state’s top-10 in career rebounds (third, 1,522) and assists (ninth, 791) ... played three seasons at Vallejo High School before playing his senior season at Sheldon Senior High School ... named Mr. Basketball in the state of California and second team Parade All-America as a senior after averaging 30.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game ... the only player to be ranked the No. 1 shooting guard two years in a row at the ABCD camp ... senior season honors included Nor-Cal Player of the Year and PowerBar Player of the Year recognition ... also received league and section MVP accolades ... named a Student Sport and School Sports All-America four times ... a three-time Street & Smith and Prepstars All-America selection ... rated as the country’s No. 17 prospect by Rivals ... ranked No. 5 among shooting guards and No. 30 overall by Insiders ... three-time All-State, All-NorCal, All-Region, All-League and team MVP at Vallejo High School from 2001-03 ... averaged 35.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists as a junior at Vallejo High, earning league and section MVP honors ... named Sacramento Bee Male Athlete of the Year and PowerBar Player of the Year as a junior in 2003 ... averaged 30.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists as a sophomore, earning league and section MVP honors ... named California Sophomore Player of the Year and Vallejo Times Male Athlete of the Year in 2002 ... was the state Athlete of the Year following his sophomore season ... named the state Freshman of the Year after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists at Vallejo High School ... was a standout quarterback in football, earning all-state and All-America honors during his high school career ... coached by Scott Gradin at Sheldon High School during his senior year and Duke Brown in his three years at Vallejo High.

USA Basketball
Was in line to earn a spot on the 2007 Pan Am Games team before suffering a left wrist injury on the second day of trials ... led the USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival in scoring (25.4 ppg.) in 2003 as a member of the West team ... also was second in steals (2.4 pg.) and assists (6.8 pg.), seventh in three-point percentage (.370) and 10th in rebounding (7.4 pg.) during the five-game competition ... current Duke teammate, David McClure, competed for the East squad.

Personal
Born DeMarcus De’Juan Nelson on November 2, 1985 in Oakland, Calif. ... father, Ron, is a pastor and mother, Denise, is a hair stylist ... has an older brother, Darnele, and sister, Kesia ... also has a younger brother, Darius ... an academic honor roll student all four years of high school ... member of Who’s Who Among High School Students ... favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ... enjoys music, bowling and video games.

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