There is no denying that junior Nicole Sanfilippo, a combo guard at Ardsley High School (NY) and for the AAU Hoopers NY, is a force and impact player wherever she has played.
Last season at Ardsley, Sanfilippo dropped in 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out three assists per game.
For the Hoopers NY, the five-foot-nine dynamic baller continued her high level play with 16.8 points, 7.1 boards, 5.5 assists, and 3.4 steals per contest in 123 games, which began on June 23rd to the present. Plus, she has made an astronomical 94 percent of her foul shots.
Moreover, Sanfilippo’s propensity for lighting up courts everywhere has not gone unnoticed.
“Nicole is a high energy player and natural leader,” said Bryan Williams, Hoopers NY program director and 16U Elite coach. “She scores at all three levels. She has gotten better as the seasons went on. She is a tremendous two-way player. Gets up defends, sees the court, and can definitely shoot it. (She has) tremendous range, shoots off the catch or the bounce, and she has an extremely competitive nature.”
While Hoopers NY is chock full of talented players, Sanfilippo has managed to carve out her brand of excellence on the court, including the intangibles needed to make her team, as well as herself, a winner.
“Nicole is one of most competitive people I’ve seen,” Hoopers NY 17U Head Coach Dan Melious explained. “She will fight for her team and has a desire to win. She’s a leader. She has become an all-around player, a testament to her desire to play high level and understand the game. She’s quick off her feet and defends the ball.”
As for playing at the next level, Sanfilippo has interest and offers from multiple schools, including ones from the Big 10, Big East, A10, MAAC, Patriot, and NEC conferences, per Williams.
But the main thing is finding a place for her to both win on and off the hardwood.
“Nicole Sanfilippo is looking for a good fit,” Williams said, “where she can further her academic future and go somewhere and help a team compete to play in the NCAA Tourney.”
Melious is confident that Sanfilippo will benefit any college hoops program that is fortunate enough to land her.
“Nicole Sanfilippo will be an impact player in college,” Melious said. “No doubt. She’s that (special of a) kid.”
(Photo: Courtesy of Hoopers NY: Nicole Sanfilippo (L) and Nicole Melious (R).
— Jerry Del Priore