CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Though he’s a hot commodity in Westwood, freshman forward Reeves Nelson has quickly become one of the conference’s most despised players.
Nelson kept adding to that reputation Saturday at Gill Coliseum.
UCLA led Oregon State by eight with a few seconds left in the game when Nelson picked up a loose ball and sped down the court. No dribbling out the clock, no handing the ball to the officials.
An emphatic, two-handed dunk soon followed and Beavers fans let him hear it.
Nelson, trotting back to the defensive end as the buzzer sounded, cupped his left hand to his left ear as if to say, “I can’t hear you.”
I asked him about the incident following the Bruins’ 62-52 win and this is what he had to say:
The last-second slam was the exclamation point to his first-career double-double. He scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
“I’ve been blessed with timing and being able to read the ball coming off the rim,” Nelson said.
And so far he has shown he knows how to provoke opposing fans.