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NICOLE EKHOMU

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Nicki's Profile

(Updated July 2017)
position
Guard
height
5'9"
year
Freshman
hometown
Bolingbrook, Ill.
high school
Joliet Catholic Academy

Freshman Season (2016-17)

  • Gained valuable experience as a freshman, playing in 32 games.
  • Averaged 3.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13.2 minutes per game.
  • Shot 36.8 percent (35-of-95) from the floor.
  • Totaled two double-figure scoring performances.
  • Earned 20+ minutes in seven games.
  • Recorded seven points and four rebounds in 18 minutes at Notre Dame (2/26/17).
  • Contributed seven points against Pittsburgh (2/23/17).
  • Made six free throws and contributed nine points in win over Clemson (2/18/17).
  • Missed three consecutive games due to a head injury (at B.C., vs. Miami, vs. Wake Forest).
  • Totaled eight points in 17 minutes vs. Syracuse (1/19/17).
  • Had six points and two rebounds along with two assists and two steals in win over Western Carolina (12/4/16).
  • Career-high 16 points (6-of-6), four rebounds and two blocks at Minnesota (11/30/16), the most points recorded by an FSU freshman since Shakayla Thomas totaled 17 vs. Alabama State on March 21, 2015.
  • Recorded 11 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in win over Winthrop (11/24/16).
  • Scored seven points in 11 minutes vs. James Madison (11/20/16).
  • Grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes vs. Jacksonville (11/17/16).
  • Scored six points in 18 minutes vs. Jacksonville State in FSU debut (11/11/16).

High School

• Fourth-rated guard and No. 21 overall according to the ESPNW 2016 recruiting class rankings.
• Five-star player from Joliet Catholic Academy in Bolingbrook, Ill.
• Referred to as one of the “elite guards” of the 2016 recruiting class.
• Named the 2015-16 Daily Southtown Girls Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 22 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals.
• Guided a cast of several new teammates at JCA to a Class 3A regional title as a senior.
• Earned MVP honors at the Rich South Galaxy and the Hillcrest Holiday Classic as a senior.
• 2016 Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-State.
• 2016 Naismith Honorable Mention All-American, Daily Herald Player of the Year and USA Today All-Illinois Second Team.
• Averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 1.3 blocks during her junior season in 2014-15, earning Chicago Tribune First Team All-State honors.
• Registered 38 points against No. 3-ranked Benet and had 17 assists against Marian Central in her junior campaign.
• Recorded the second-highest scoring average on her team as a sophomore, averaging 14.4 points per game.
• Has participated in USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials on the U16, U17 and U18 squads.
• Chose Florida State because of the “family atmosphere” and how the city of Tallahassee has “a great interest” in the program.

All About Me:

  • Born on: February 19, 1998.
  • Parent: Debbie Ballard.
  • Major: Exploratory.

CAREER HIGHS

Points: 16, at Minnesota — 11/30/16
Rebounds: 6, at Mercer — 12/21/16
Assists: 3, 2x
Steals: 3, at UAB — 12/10/16
Blocks: 2, at Minnesota — 11/30/16
FG made: 6, at Minnesota — 11/30/16
FG attempts: 9, vs. Winthrop — 11/24/16
3FG made: 3, at Minnesota — 11/30/16
3FG attempts: 3, 3x
FT made: 6, Clemson — 2/18/17
FT attempts: 10, Clemson — 2/18/17