POLAND OH- The greatest leaders in any walk of life are the ones that put in their time to be great. It’s hard to lead when things are handed to you from the beginning. Poland’s senior Ava Nicholudis has definitely worked her way to where she is. The development that she has shown since her freshman season might just be the most we’ve seen out of the Poland roster. Now she is a staple in the Bulldogs success. Nicholudis is a sure ball handler that can easily facilitate the offense through the guard position. With a schedule that features a lot of very good defenses, you won’t find a lot of turnovers charged to Nicholudis. It is because of that care of the ball that Nick Blanch is able to trust her to be on the court in the biggest times of the game. She isn’t a stranger to scoring either, Nicholudis is one of Poland’s deadliest shooters from the outside. When she is on, she really opens up the floor for her teammates that thrive on taking the ball to the hoop.
Beyond all of the things she brings to the X’s and O’s of the game is Ava’s leadership on the floor. It’s a long basketball season, and it is impossible for a team to go through it without dealing with some kind of adversity. Nicholudis is a player her teammates can turn to to calm things down when the waters get shaky. Her calmness in the chaos always shines bright when Poland needs it the most. She has developed into a player that the Bulldogs can rely on at any time.
Ava took the time to catch up with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to talk about her senior season. She also talks about stepping up as a leader, what some of her favorite memories with Poland have been, and so much more. Check out the latest Poland Girls Basketball Player Profile only on YSN.