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Lloyd Nelson
Lloyd Nelson
Year Inducted: 2005
Area of Distinction: Men's Basketball
Graduation Year: 1967

Lloyd Nelson made a name for himself on the hardwood as the basketball program’s first-ever Most Valuable Player during the College’s 1963-64 inaugural season. A native of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, he averaged 14.8 points per game that season and established himself as a premier rebounder with an average of 11.4 boards per game, the third highest season average in the program’s 42-year history.

Over the next three years, he went on to become a two-time All-Conference selection (1964-65, 1966-67) and collect a second Most Valuable Player award during an impressive 1966-67 senior year. That season, he poured in nearly 20 points and pulled down 11.9 rebounds per contest, the second highest average in history.

Nelson averaged 15.9 points per game over his career, finishing with 830 career points in 52 games. In addition to his rebounding records, he ranked ninth on the single-game scoring list at the time of his induction with two games of 33 points during his career.

Upon graduating in 1967, Nelson became a successful entrepreneur. He currently sits on the N.C. Wesleyan Board of Trustees.