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Izabela's Profile

(Updated August 2021)
Redshirt Junior
Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
high school
Neuse Christian Academy


  • 2020-21 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
  • 2019-20 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
  • 2018-19 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Redshirt Sophomore Season (2020-21):

  • Had a comeback season after missing the first two years due to injury, playing in 10 games.
  • Saw action vs. Virginia, recording six points in 12 minutes.
  • Made FSU debut vs. Florida on Dec. 1, 2020.

Redshirt Freshman Season (2019-20):

  • Missed 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: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
  • What are some of the things you try to do outside of playing basketball? I love to read books and hang out with my teammates.
  • Who is someone you really look up to and why? My mom and my dad. They’re both incredible people and they have done so much for me.
  • What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know about you? I speak three different languages and I am very good at ping pong.
  • What is your pre-game routine before getting ready for a game? I listen to music and watch highlights of NBA and WNBA players.
  • What has the year 2020 taught you? Gratitude.
  • What does being part of the Florida State Women’s Basketball family mean to you? It means everything. They are my family away from home. On the court and off the court.
  • How did you know that choosing to be a Seminole was the right decision for you? Because they made me feel like they were my family.
  • What current song is your favorite? I listen to a lot of Brazilian music.
  • What goals and ambitions do you have for yourself after you graduate? I want to be the best person I can be. I want to be able to go back home and help my family financially and hopefully keep playing basketball for as long as I can.
  • What’s the hardest experience you’ve been through in your life? Leaving the comfort of my home to pursue my dream of playing basketball in America.