LSU Gold
Position
Forward
Height
6'9
Weight
235
Class
Sophomore
Hometown
Fort Thomas, Ky.
High School
Highlands HS

(updated 5/10/05)

2004 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 SEC Academic Honor Roll

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004-05)
Played in all 30 games, starting the season opener at Tulane (11-19) … Averaged 13.5 minutes per game, scoring 2.9 points per game, while grabbing 3.1 boards a contest …Had the winning tip in at the buzzer to beat Alabama (2-22), 61-59, off a Brandon Bass miss at the Maravich Center in a nationally-televised game on ESPN … Had career high of seven points five times during the season — in start vs. Tulane (11-19), vs. McNeese State (12-13), at Kentucky in his first game back in his home state (1-22), and in both games in the SEC Tournament against Auburn (3-11) and Kentucky (3-12) … Hit 30-of-68 field goal attempts including 5-of-10 in the SEC Tournament and 9-of-21 three-pointers … Had season best seven rebounds at Auburn (2-26).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-04)
Saw limited action in 14 games from the start of the season to the Feb. 18 game with Auburn with no points, but averaged 2.8 points per game and 2.0 rebounds during the last seven games of the season … In those seven games, he was eight-of-17 from the field (47 percent) … had best of five points in back-to-back games at home against Kentucky (2-29) and Ole Miss (3-3) … In both games, he was two-of-four from the field … In all played in 21 games, averaging 1.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 8.9 minutes

PRIOR TO LSU
Posted outstanding high school numbers in his two years of high school basketball to earn the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title in Kentucky … Averaged 20.2 points and 10.6 rebounds a game and was the team captain of the Kentucky High School all-star squad which faced a similar team from Indiana during the summer … He was the Kentucky Player of the year as chosen by the state high school coaches association … He was the top vote-getter on the all-state team chosen by the Lexington Herald Leader and the Louisville Courier Journal … Team has a record of 27-3 under coach John Messmer … As a junior averaged 18 points and 10 boards, again earning first team all-state honors as well as Player of the Year citation from the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame … Team was 24-8 … Member of the National Honor Society … Played tight end for the football team his freshman and sophomore years.

PERSONAL
Born on February 23, 1985 in Cincinnati … Parents are Rick and Margie Neltner … One sister, Mallory (who is a member of the LSU swim team) … Nickname is “Nelly” … Righthanded … Wore his high school number his first year (45) before switching to 41 his sophomore year … Biggest influence athletically has been “his father — always been there for me.” … Favorite NBA team is the Dallas Mavericks and favorite player, Dirk Nowitzki … Among superstitions, Neltner will “pick up pennies with heads up” and “wear certain socks for home and away games.”

NELTNER’S CAREER TOTALS

Year G/GS Min. FG/FGA FG% 3FG/FGA 3FG% FT/FTA Pct. Reb-Avg. PF/D A TO BLK STL PTS-AVG
2003-04 21-0 187 8-20 .400 2-6 .333 2-5 .400 23-1.1 21-1 8 14 2 2 20-1.0
2004-05 30-1 405/13.5 30-68 .441 9-21 .429 18-25 .720 93-3.1 52-0 22 24 8 9 87-2.9
Totals 551-1 592-11.6 38-88 .432 11-27 .407 20-30 .667 116-2.3 73-1 30 38 10 11 107-2.1

Neltner’s Top 10 Scoring Games
1. 7 — vs. Auburn-SEC, 3-11-05
1. 7 — vs. Kentucky-SEC, 3-12-05
1. 7 — at Kentucky, 1-22-05
1. 7 — vs. McNeese State, 12-13-04
1. 7 — vs. Tulane, 11-19-04
6. 6 — at Mississippi State, 2-16-05
6. 6 — vs. Mississippi State, 1-29-05
6. 6 — vs. Florida State, 12-30-04
9. 5 — six times

Career Highs
Points — 7, five times
Rebounds — 7, at Auburn, 2-26-05
Field Goals Made — 3, twice
Field Goals Att. — 6, vs. Tulane, 11-19-04
3 PT FG Made — 2, vs. Miss. State, 1-29-05
3 PT FG Att. — 4 — vs. Auburn, 3-8-04
Free Throws Made — 3, at Auburn, 2-26-05
Free Throws Att. — 4, at Auburn, 2-26-05
Assists — 3, twice
Blocks — 2, vs. Florida State, 12-30-04
Steals — 1 seven times
Minutes Played– 30, vs. Florida State, 12-30-04

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