DeMarcus De'Juan Nelson ( born November 2, 1985 in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player. After studying in his native Nelson was briefly as a professional of the highest endowed professional league NBA active before he continued his career from 2009 in European leagues. After working in Italy, France and Ukraine since 2012 he plays for KK Crvena Zvezda, with whom he won the 2013 national cup competition Kup Radivoja Koraca.
Nelson was a successful basketball player during his school years in California and was invited to the McDonald 's All- American Game of the best high school basketball players in the country in 2004. He then won a scholarship at Duke University, whose basketball team Blue Devils are one of the most prestigious teams in the NCAA. In the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC ) he could reach several individual awards and was named " Freshman " in the selection of the best rookies of the ACC, and in his senior year in 2008 in the " ACC First Team " in the selection of the five best players or as the best player of the ACC awarded to its playing position. With the Blue Devils, he won in 2005 and 2006, the championship tournament of the ACC; in the national NCAA finals, it was enough for the ambitious team after the championship win in the ACC but only to two appearances in the second round "Sweet Sixteen", which one could not improve in the following.
After his four college seasons Nelson remained in the NBA Draft in 2008 initially ignored in the selection of future NBA pros, but then got the Golden State Warriors at his birthplace still a contract in the most highly endowed professional league. Surprisingly, he began the season with the Warriors under coach Don Nelson as a " starter " on the position of the point guards, which was not his normal playing position in college. He was the first player in the history of the Warriors, who had as a non- player gedrafteter his first appearance in a championship game of the NBA as a starter. After a few uses coach Don Nelson sent him first to the " farm team " Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League (D - League), before again brought him back after a month in the squad of Warriors. In January 2009 they released DeMarcus Nelson to a total of 13 missions out of his contract to make room for, among other things Jermareo Davidson. Nelson went first in the connection directly to Europe and had the end of January 2009 for the Croatian club KK Zagreb including a use in the ABA league. However, he could not convince here and returned to his home country. In March 2009, he played in the D -League Austin Toros for before the Chicago Bulls got him back in April 2009, shortly in the NBA. In summer 2009, but also spread the Bulls Nelson from their squad after he had stayed with them without use.
After his eventful first year as a professional in his " rookie" season Nelson went for the longer term 2009/10 season to Europe and signed a contract with Air from Avellino in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. The former Italian Cup Winners' Cup and European Cup participants missed at the end of the season However, in ninth place a place in the play-offs for the championship just because of the poorer direct comparison. After Nelson had tried in the NBA Summer League in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks jersey unsuccessfully for a new contract in the NBA, he played in the 2010/11 season for the French champions from Cholet in the LNB Pro A. In the ULEB Euro Cup 2010 / 11 eliminated the French West at its premiere at the highest level of European club after the first round because of the poorer direct comparison from. The main round first national championship, the defending champion once again reached the final game for the championship, which was, however, lost two points difference against SLUC Nancy Basket. In the 2011/12 season Nelson had at the beginning of a short-term contract in the Basketball Super League Ukraine the runner from Donetsk, but after a month he returned already in November 2011, back to Cholet. After the loss of Sammy Mejia Cholet but only reached the eighth and final play-off place after the main round. Here you could see the first BCM Gravelines surprise in the first round and move into the semifinal series for the championship, but in the one resigned against Le Mans Sarthe Basket.
For the 2012/13 season, Nelson got a contract with Red Star in the Serbian capital Belgrade. With the Serbian vice-champion, he moved in the cup competition Kup Radivoja a Koraca the final, where there was a rematch of last year's final against series champion KK Partizan Belgrade. Red Star won the rematch and Nelson was named Most Valuable Player of the Finals. In the final match of the ABA league and the final series of the championship, there was in each case to deal with arch-rivals Partizan, the latter then but could each win. In the preliminary round of the ULEB Euro League 2013/14 Nelson resigned with Red Star then after the first round, even though he was named as the most effective player on the " Player of the Week " on matchday.