Decatur, GA – This past weekend, rising Sophomore Olivia Nilsen participated in the 11th Annual NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Showcase at Georgia State University. The event which lasted from July 27th until July 29th consisted of 40 selected student-athletes with every division of the NJCAA being represented.
Olivia arrived in Atlanta on Thursday July 26th for a mandatory meeting with all players and coaches. The student-athletes held multiple practice sessions on Friday with two games lined up to play on both Saturday and Sunday. The All-Stars had the opportunity to become familiar with one another and explore Atlanta by visiting Zoo Atlanta after a day of practices on Friday.
Playing against fierce competition, many of which D1 prospects, Olivia rose to the occasion and had two very successful and impressive performances. In Olivia’s first game on Saturday afternoon her team lost 94-88 in overtime. She scored 7 points going 2-3 from inside the arc and 1-2 from deep. In the final game on Sunday morning Olivia went 2-3 from downtown to finish with 6 points to help her team coast to an easy 99-75 victory. Olivia’s ability to shoot the ball with such efficiency was noticed as some of the four year colleges in attendance have expressed high levels of interest in her recruitment.
The talented group not only received the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of four-year level coaches from across the country, but had the chance to become better players and hone their craft against elite competition. Coaches from top NCAA Division I, Division II, and NAIA programs were in attendance.
Having been chosen as one of the forty rising sophomores to participate is an extreme honor. Her selection can be credited to the great freshman season she had where she led the team in scoring with 18 ppg, was named First-Team All-Conference, and Third-Team All-Region. Coach Phil Herro added, “Nobody on our team works as hard, or as often, on their game as Olivia does, and it shows. We’re so proud of her and it feels great to see all the work she puts in pay dividends.” Olivia is the first women’s basketball player in RVCC history to be selected as an NJCAA WBCA All-Star and is poised to have a very successful sophomore campaign. Congratulations Olivia on your achievement!