Jameer Nelson Jr. leading Delaware to March Madness has hoops fans feeling old


For the first time in eight years and only the sixth time in school history, the Blue Hens are headed to the dance. Delaware punched its tournament ticket by upsetting second-seeded UNC Wilmington, securing the Colonial Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Tournament.

St. Joe’s legend and former NBA All-Star Jameer Nelson attended Tuesday night’s title game, cheering for his son Jameer Jr., who transferred to Delaware after spending his first two seasons at George Washington. A junior guard from Haverford, Jameer Jr. contributed 10 points, six boards and two assists in the winning effort.

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Jameer Jr. shared an emotional moment with his family after the game, embracing his parents after a hard-fought, 59-55 victory at Entertainment & Sports Arena in D.C.

Beaming with pride, the 40-year-old Nelson will now get to experience March Madness as a father after leading St. Joseph’s to three tournament appearances in his four seasons there, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in 2004. The Hawks would later retire Nelson’s No. 14, the same number he donned during his decade-long stint with the Orlando Magic.

Seeing Jameer Jr. on the national stage had some on Twitter lamenting the passage of time, coming to the startling realization that many of the players they grew up with (Nelson played for the Pistons as recently as 2018) are now old enough to have college-aged sons.

Where did the years go?

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