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Izabela's Profile

(Updated May 2019)
Redshirt Freshman
Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
high school
Neuse Christian Academy


  • 2018-19 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Redshirt Freshman Season (2019-20):

  • Expected to miss her second season after sustaining another knee injury in the off-season.

Freshman Season (2018-19):

  • Missed the 2018-19 season after sustaining a knee injury in off-season workouts.

At Neuse Baptist Christian Academy:

• Rated the No. 16 overall player in the ESPNW Hoopgurlz rankings for the 2018 class.
• Top-5 guard who shows an exceptional combination of scoring and passing.
• Became the first member of The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) to be named a McDonald’s All-American in 2018.
• Joined teammate Valencia Myers in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2018.
• 2018 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, the first in any sport from her high school.
• Is the first Neuse Baptist Christian Alum to be named the News & Observer Player of the Year in any sport
• Averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior at Neuse Baptist Christian Academy en route to a 22-5 record.
• Finished senior year at Neuse Baptist Christian School as an NCISAA 1A All-State Athlete.
• Led Neuse Baptist Christian School to the National Christian Schools Athletic Association title and a runner-up finish in the 1A N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association during junior season, finishing 27-1.
• Served as a key member of the Brazilian U17 National Team in 2015 and 2016.
• Played on the Brazilian Olympic Team in both 2015 and 2016.
• Once led Brazil’s U16 team to a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas by scoring 24 points against the United States.

All About Me:

  • Born on: Aug. 9, 1999
  • Parents: Mariza Nicoletti and Walter Costa Leite
  • Major: Sport Management
  • Nickname: Iza
  • How did you first get into playing basketball? My sister started playing when I was four years old, and I always went to practices and games to watch. When I turned five, I decided to start playing.
  • What is your favorite movie? Karate Kid.
  • What is your favorite song? Too Good by Drake.
  • Explain a hardship you have overcome: When I left my family in Brazil and had to come to the United States. At the time, I didn’t speak any English and I had to go to school and live with an American host family without being able to really communicate for the first few months.
  • What shows are you watching these days? Criminal Minds.
  • What is something many people don’t know about you? I’m a really good ping-pong player.
  • What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Follow your dreams, doesn’t matter how hard it is.
  • What would be the name of your autobiography? Izabela Nicoletti: The Brazilian Mamba.
  • What is your favorite home-cooked meal? Feijoada (A Brazilian dish).
  • Number of brothers and sisters? one sister.
  • Outside of hoops, what are some of your passions in life? I love spending time with my family and playing different sports like soccer, ping-pong, etc.
  • If I was a genie and granted you three wishes, what would they be?
    1. To have my entire family with me in the United States.
    2. Become a millionaire.
    3. Become the greatest basketball coach ever.
  • What are the top three things on your bucket list?
    1. Visit at least one country on all seven continents.
    2. Go skydiving.
    3. Learn how to speak three more languages.
  • If you were to win the $500 million lottery, what are some things you would do? Buy a house for my family and help poor kids in Brazil.
  • What current issues in today’s world most fascinate you? The water crisis.
  • If you could choose to give back to any cause, what would it be and why? I would give back to the education of kids that live in the “favelas” in Brazil.
  • What’s the most inspirational story you’ve heard about? Ray Williams’ story.