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Shasta County Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Drew Nelson-Crowell

Redding Christian's Drew Nelson-Crowell (center) averaged a double-double in the opening week of the season and is the Shasta County Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Week. (FILE -- Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Redding Christian’s ‘big man’ on campus is living up to the hype. So much so he’s already raising expectations after the opening week of the season.

Lions junior Andrew ‘Drew’ Nelson-Crowell was a force around the rim, on the glass and in the paint for the Lions last week and a huge reason why they went 5-0 in a six-day stretch. Nelson-Crowell, a 6-foot-9 center, recorded a double-double in all five games and averaged 18.2 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game, earning him Shasta County Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Week honors for Week 1.

The season-opener against CORE Butte was his best statistical game of his high school career, dropping 32 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking four shots. He added another 16-10-5 stat line in a 86-16 win over Dunsmuir.

In the Greenville Tournament, Nelson-Crowell dropped 14 points, 14 boards and five blocks against Big Valley, another 12-10-4 against Maxwell and dismantled Chester with 17-12-2 in a 56-15 tourney championship win, earning him MVP honors.

“Drew really dominated the post with an improved post game and unselfish decision-making,” said Redding Christian coach Todd Dwyer. “His defensive prowess was very evident holding two of three opponents under 25 points and just dominating the paint.”

Redding Christian may have held two of three opponents in the Greenville Tournament to 25 points or less but it was four of five on the week. It’s these types of performances that could lead Nelson-Crowell to being the best big man in Shasta County and possibly the Northern Section this season.

Shasta County Sports Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Week 1: Drew Nelson-Crowell, Redding Christian

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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