OVERVIEW: Nicknamed "Coco" ... did not play last season while recovering from shoulder surgery during summer of 2014, thus retaining three years of athletic eligibility ... became crucial contributor in practice last season and showed significant growth in all facets of her game, which should translate during her return to game action in 2015-16 ... powerful player on the blocks ... has good size and footwork, part of solid fundamental base ... also has soft hands and finishes well around the basket, particularly with contact ... keeps defenses honest with a jumper that extends to foul line and beyond ... adds another layer of depth to already-strong Notre Dame playing rotation.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15): Did not play while recovering from shoulder surgery during summer of 2014.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Played in 32 games, averaging 2.0 points and 0.9 rebounds per contest ... ranked second on team with .560 field-goal percentage ... made solid college debut in opener against UNC Wilmington with nine points (4-5 FG) and four rebounds ... contributed six points (3-4 FG) and three rebounds against Valparaiso ... scored four points and blocked two shots (first of her career) against UCLA ... handed out season-high two assists at Michigan ... totaled six points (3-4 FG) against Central Michigan ... added eight points (3-4 FG) against South Dakota State ... scored six points and had two rebounds against Boston College ... tallied four points (2-4 FG), two rebounds and an assist at Pittsburgh ... totaled five points (2-4 FG) and two rebounds against Virginia Tech ... collected two points and two rebounds against Syracuse ... made only shot (two points) in win against No. 14/11 North Carolina ... grabbed two rebounds in regular season finale at No. 13/17 North Carolina State ... scored first postseason points of career with basket (and assist) in ACC quarterfinal win over Florida State ... had two points (1-1 FG) and a blocked shot in NCAA Tournament debut (first-round win over Robert Morris).
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: Played in all three games, averaging 2.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest ... tallied six points and seven rebounds in tour-opening win over Barking Abbey.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Buford High School in Buford, Georgia, where she attended her final two years and was coached by Gene Durden ... spent her first two prep seasons at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia ... combined career per-game statistical averages of 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds ... saw limited action as a senior due to shoulder injury ... as a junior in 2011-12, was instrumental in Buford's run to the Georgia Class 2A state championship game and regional title with a 22-8 record, averaging 10.6 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. ... as a sophomore in 2010-11 at GACS, helped her team to a spot in the Class 2A title contest and a 17-7 record while averaging 15.5 ppg. and 6.8 rpg. ... also helped GACS to 20-5 record, Class 2A state semifinals and a regional championship as a freshman in 2009-10, when she logged her career scoring high (28 points) ... experienced great deal of success on the AAU circuit with Georgia ICE and head coach Antonio Davis (a 16-year NBA veteran who was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1990 and also spent time with the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks) ... helped Georgia ICE to the summer 2009 age-group state and national titles ... was AAU teammate of Lexie Brown (formerly at Maryland, now at Duke), Diamond DeShields (formerly at North Carolina, now at Tennessee) and Kaela Davis (formerly at Georgia Tech, now at South Carolina).
PREP AWARDS/HONORS: 2012 Associated Press honorable mention all-state pick ... three-time all-region/metro choice (2010, 2011, 2012) ... ranked No. 32 in Class of 2013 by Peach State Basketball/JumpOffPlus ... ranked No. 39 by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... ranked No. 44 by Blue Star Basketball ... ranked No. 48 by All-Star Girls Report.
PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Nanette and Herb Nelson ... oldest of three children ... third player from state of Georgia to play for Notre Dame, and the second in recent years following Atlanta guard Fraderica Miller (2008-12), who helped the Fighting Irish reach the 2011 and 2012 NCAA national championship games ... was member of high school's Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) ... attended same high school as Notre Dame sophomore quarterback Montgomery VanGorder (son of Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder) ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters as a design major (visual communication design concentration) ... earned spot on 2014-15 ACC Academic Honor Roll ... wore No. 5 as a freshman, but switched to No. 21 prior to the 2014-15 season in honor of her late brother, Jeremy ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 21 include a quartet of All-Americans - Kayla McBride, Natalie Novosel, Jacqueline Batteast and current associate coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham.