Wykons offer peek at future
WIC freshman Steven Nelson got his first taste of varsity ball March 3 and made the most of it, scoring eight points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
IRON RIVER—The result was much the same as it often has been during this difficult season for the West Iron County boys basketball team, but the regular season finale did provide a new twist.
The Wykons dropped a 47-35 decision to Ishpeming on March 3 on Senior Night at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium to close their regular season at 2-18. But freshman Steven Nelson offered a peek at what he can provide in the years to come in his first varsity game.
The 6-foot-5½ center grabbed 18 rebounds, scored eight points and blocked three shots after starting in the place of Mike Ivey, who missed the game due to illness
Nelson was expected to play anyway after being called up to the varsity team after a standout JV campaign. But with Ivey down, Nelson got the starting nod and made an immediate impact on the team, especially defensively.
“I think Steven brought a little extra energy from the kids tonight because they had been waiting to play with him,” West Iron coach Dan Schive said. “I thought he did pretty (well) for his first time on the floor at the varsity level.”
Nelson averaged 15.7 points on the JV team and improved steadily both offensively and defensively along the way.