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Nelson Signs With Hometown Warriors

DeMarcus Nelson, who signed with Golden State Tuesday, was the cover boy of March's issue of Towerview. Photo by Pete Kiehart / The ChronicleFormer Blue Devil star DeMarcus Nelson didn't have to look far for his first professional basketball stint.

Nelson, the captain of last year's team and an All-ACC performer in his senior season, signed with the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. A Bay Area local, Nelson earned a spot on the team with a strong performance on the Warriors' summer teams in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Nelson and Golden State played five games in Sin City before traveling to Salt Lake City for four more games.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nelson went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft, marking the first time since 1997 a Duke player was not taken.

—by Ben Cohen

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