Max Nelson, the sweet shooting 6’8 Forward out of Appleton North High school has put himself squarely on the radar of the Wisconsin Badgers as well as other D1 programs. Nelson has already made an unofficial visit to Madison back on September 28th, 2019, and attended Wisconsin’s advanced camp back in June. The Sophomore has received interest from other in state schools (Marquette/UW Green-Bay), also Stanford/Belmont.
Its easy to see the appeal of a fast riser like Nelson. Wisconsin and college basketball in general has gravitated towards position-less basketball, and what better luxury than a 6’8 big man who can stretch the floor. Thats a skill-set that’ll play in any system, and fits perfectly into what Greg Gard runs at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin coaches told Nelson he needs to improve on impacting the game when his shot isn’t falling, something that isn’t uncommon in high school players. Wisconsin is looking for gritty players that are able to earn their minutes when it isn’t their night offensively.
At the moment Nelson’s strong suits are his catch and shoot ability/face-up game from mid range or out of the post. If Nelson is able to develop on the block, work on his ball handling, and continue to improve defensively, watch out.
Q: What do you believe is your greatest asset you bring to a team right now ?
A: I would say my greatest asset I bring to a team is my work ethic. I usually am the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. I also put in time in the gym when I don’t have practice to improve my game.
Q: What would you say is the strongest facet of your game at this point in your development, and what do you think needs the most work ?
A: I would say the strongest and well known part of my game is my outside shot. The part of my game that I continually work to improve is my foot speed and lateral motion.
Q: What player do you model your game after ?
A: The player I model my game after is Kevin Durant
Q: What goals do you have for this season both individual/team ?
A: The individual goal that I have is to continually put in the time every day to make my game better. And as a team would be to win more games than last year.
Q: Hobbies outside of basketball?
A: Hobbies outside of basketball would be spending time with my family watching basketball games, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Q: Growing up in Wisconsin what are your best Badger Basketball memories, and who are your favorite Badger basketball players ?
A: My favorite badger memories that I have had are Wisconsin going to the national championship game or Ben Brust’s halfcourt shot. My favorite Badger basketball players growing up were Brian Butch and Frank Kaminsky.
Q: Growing up what was your dream college to play for ?
A: As a young kid, I shared the dream of playing for UW-Madison or Power 5 Division 1 school. My current dream is to play for a top 50 D1 university that has quality academics.
Whether or not Nelson finds himself suiting up in the cardinal and white has yet to be determined. What we do know is that Nelson is a young man who has his priorities straight and a ton of potential. Wherever Nelson decides to play his college ball, they’ll be lucky to have him. Its safe to say Wisconsin will be keeping an eye on him moving forward.