Friends of Basketball
Year Inducted: 2013
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations: Author
Biography: Nelson has authored two books pertaining to Illinois basketball. The first was Grass Roots and Schoolyards, folowed by a regional sequel two years later, titled, Illinky. At one point in the 1980’s Nelson had seen all or parts of 33 of 39 IHSA State Basketball tournaments. He became an “unaffiliated, unrequited state basketball historian.” Nelson was editor of a coaching magazine, Athletic Journal, from 1984-86.