But more than the physical scars, it left emotional scars.
"It is tough to get over to be honest," added Dundrecous Nelson. "I am just trying to bounce back. I am recovering now. I am back in the gym and playing for the Jackson Panthers (AAU). I came back about a month ago. Physically, I am almost all of the way back, but there is not a second that goes by that I do not think about January 23rd. I loved Chris like a brother. It has just been real tough on me."
Nelson's pain was lifted somewhat with today's news.
"I committed to Ole Miss today. I choose Ole Miss because they were there for me. They were there for me like family. I just owe a lot to those coaches for helping me through this tragedy. I can't say enough about what they have meant to me. But there were other reasons I choose Ole Miss. I love their style of play and how they get up and down the floor. I also believe they are on the rise in the SEC, and I wanted to stay close to home to give my family a chance to see me play. I feel like they can get me to the next level. I saw what they did with Terrico White and Chris Warren, so I know they can help me become an immediate impact player. They are producing a lot of guards."
Who else was under consideration?
"MSU, UAB, Alabama, Kansas State, Southern Cal, and Vandy."
Did any of them offer Nelson a scholarship?
"All of them but Vandy."
Dundrecous averaged 17.5 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals a game for Jackson Murrah this past year. The 6' 0", 190 pound point guard is rated the top player out of Mississippi for the Class of '10/'11 by most recruiting services.
"I feel like my biggest strength is getting to the rim. I love to attack the rim, and that is what Coach Kennedy loved about me, my aggressiveness."