Before Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson begins an important sophomore season, the former top-100 recruit went on a service trip to Macedonia with some teammates and decided to have some fun while they were out there during a pick-up game.
Who knew it would lead to a shattered backboard and a trip to the hospital that was all caught on film?
Nelson said he needed 20 stitches in what was a scary moment, and it's got to be awkward breaking something when you're a guest in a foreign country. But it was also an awesome moment.
After averaging 7.5 points in his first year, Nelson will look to have a big year while playing in his first full season. He was academically ineligible as a true freshman and didn't become eligible until last December. To have a highlight-reel dunk in the summer isn't the worst way to generate some excitement, even with the bloodied face and all.
When teammate Kevin McShane looks back on the trip to Europe, the shattered glass will be one of the best stories coming from an unforgettable trip as part of the Beavers Without Borders Program, which included helping a family add a second story to its home.
From McShane's blog:
"It was a vintage backboard from when the school was initially set up, and the other teams coach had warned us not to dunk but there Joe [Burton], Berto, and myself and a few of the other teams players had been dunking all game so we didn’t think anything of it. But somehow he hit the right spot and the glass rained down.
"It was an incredible feat that every basketball player in the world dreams of doing, big ups to my man Berto! And a special shout out to Brendon Ziegler our strength and conditioning coach back in Corvallis!! All those weights and training are paying off B, we are breaking backboards and taking names out here in Macedonia!"