---Niagara senior Anthony Nelson was named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America Team. Nelson was one of 21 players named to the team and the only member from the MAAC. Nelson joins former backcourt teammate Tyrone Lewis as the only Purple Eagles to be named to the Mid-Major Defensive All-America team.
Nelson was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned All-MAAC Second Team honors and was selected to the NABC All-District Second Team during his record-setting senior campaign.
Nelson led the nation in steals with 3.4 per game en route to setting the school’s and conference’s single-season record. Nelson’s 230 career steals rank second in program history behind Lewis’s 250 and his career-high of eight steals on Jan. 9 are tied for second most in program history and tied for sixth most in a single game this season.
Nelson, who also recorded the school's only triple-double, finished his career as the only player in program and conference history with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 600 assists and 200 steals in his career.
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