By Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - Desiree Nelson admitted she doesn't really like being the center of attention.
The Copperas Cove senior is more the soft-spoken type.
But she couldn't escape the attention Tuesday afternoon, as all eyes in the room were on her.
What did she think about that?
"It's cool," Nelson said. "For now."
The four-year letterman for the Cove basketball team was honored for earning a scholarship to play at the University of North Texas.
Nelson sat a table facing a crowded room full of her family, teammates, friends and coaches. Spread across the large table were not only Nelson's jerseys, but photos, trophies, press clippings and other honors.
"I'm not used to that," Nelson said. "It's not really my scene."
On the court for the Lady Bulldawgs, Nelson let her game do the talking for her.
Her honors this season included Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region II-5A, District 12-5A defensive player of the year and the Daily Herald's All-Area team. At the team's end-of-year banquet, Nelson was named both the Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Nelson was Cove's top scorer this season, averaging 15.7 points per game, which included three 20-point games in district play. In the 12-5A opener against Belton, she not only outscored the Lady Tigers with 15 second-quarter points, but did so for the first half, when she scored 23.
She added 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while making 77.3 percent of her free throws.
With her signing her letter of intent, Nelson said she was relieved the recruiting process is over. It's gone back as far as her freshman year, when she earned 16-4A honorable mention. She was a first-team all-district selection the next two seasons.
Nelson is the sixth Lady Dawg to move on to the college ranks in head coach Richard Herbst's three seasons, joining Cori Cooper, now a sophomore at Texas-San Antonio, and a quartet of former Cove players who signed last year.
"That says something special about the kids," Herbst said. "It's just a great opportunity for her and she worked her tail off. She deserves it - she's earned it."