Of the eight men on the team, Nielsen was the only one from west of the Mississippi River. At 6-foot-3 he prefers to play near the basket. Rebounding and defense are his strength, he said.
“I love to rebound. I love being where the action is,” he said.
It was the 10th time Nielsen has participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games. In 2009 he was on a team that won a basketball gold medal in the 65-69 age division at the Huntsman World Senior Games.