Nicole Spring, a standout at Newcomerstown High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career and her education at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Spring, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward, was a First Team All-Inter Valley Conference selection and a Second Team District V honoree in Division III, after averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Trojans. She connected on 104-of-282 field goal attempts (36.8 percent) while also recording 44 assists, 32 steals, and 22 blocked shots.
Spring, who was an Associated Press Eastern District Special Mention performer, will also participate in the District V All-Star game.
"I am excited about the addition of Nicole to our team," said MVNC head coach Steve Gregory. "I was very impressed by her versatility when I first saw her in high school. She can play a number of different positions for us because of her size, ball-handling ability, and perimeter shooting."
"Nicole enjoyed a lot of success this season and I look forward to her continued development here at the college level," Gregory added. "I was very impressed with Nicole as a person and a player each time that I saw her this year. I see potential in her game that needs to continue to improve. Potential is a double-edged sword. Some people reach their potential through hard work, while others sit back and wait for their potential to kick in and may never really reach it. I truly believe that Nicole is someone who is committed to working hard and reaching her full potential both as a student and an athlete. I am looking forward to the opportunity of coaching her for the next four years and helping her reach her full potential as a Christian student-athlete."
Spring, who finished her career ranked sixth at Newcomerstown with 656 points, plans to major in Secondary Education. "There are a variety of reasons why I chose to attend MVNC," said Spring. "One reason is the friendly environment and all of the nice people there. Other reasons include the nice campus, the good program in my major, a good basketball program with great people associated with it. It is a great college and everything about it helped in my decision to want to attend."
MVNC recently wrapped up its season with a 16-14 overall record. The Lady Cougars also finished fourth at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament at Oakland City (IN) University.