When an AAU girl’s basketball team such as Hoopers NY has gifted players the likes of Nicole Melious and Nicole Sanfilippo on its squad, it is hard to imagine that the opposition will ever stop them from scoring, as most of the time Hoopers NY dribbles away with the win.
AAU Hoopers NY Head Coach Dan Melious sang the praises of how well the two jive together on the court, playing in a harmonious unison. He said It is like two breath-taking swans swimming alongside each other in a pond.
“Nicole and Nicole are quite the pair,” Melious said. “They trust each other, they got each other’s back. They’re the perfect compliment for each other.”
Case in point: Hoopers NY, guided by the two, has posted an impressive 77-24 record through the AAU summer and fall seasons up until this point.
Melious, who plays high school hoops for Susan Wagner in Staten Island, has been the talk of New York State girl’s basketball for some time now. And for good reason: the sophomore guard is flat out awesome.
The 5-foot-9 Staten Island native has averaged 26.9 ppg, 8.1 apg, and 5.1 rpg through both campaigns so far, while the West Chester resident has contributed 16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 5.1 apg.
Sure, Melious is the first player that the competition looks to key on. But don’t turn your back on Sanfillipo, a junior combo guard at Ardsley High School in Westchester, NY, as the dynamo had averaged 17.5 points for her high school team last season.
Moreover, Dan Melious has been impressed with her improved play in August and Septemeber.
“The last two months Nicole Sanfilippo has really come into her own,” said Melios, who happens to be the dad of the Susan Wagner star. “She recently had her first triple-double.”
Between the two skillful ballers, they have racked up numerous Division I college scholarship offers.
Melious has garnered over 30, while Navy, North Dakota, and St. Thomas – Miami has offered Sanfillipo, with interest coming in from Quinnipiac, Manhattan, Eastern Kentucky, Butler, Fordham, Hofstra, Eastern Michigan, and Cleveland State, according to her AAU coach.
However, if a team happens to limit the lethal Nicole duo, there are other top players such as Morgan Lee, who suits up for The Kent School (CT), Staten Island Academy’s Saran Moschella, and Maya Cwalina of Archbishop Molloy to pick up the slack.
For now, taking on the Nicole Times Two Terror squad is enough to keep any opposing coach’s head spining with confusion on how to thwart the terrific tandem’s attack.
— Jerry Del Priore (Photo: Dan Melious)