Nicole Avila-Ambrosi

Nicole Avila-Ambrosi has averaged 13.4 points and 4.6 points per game to help lead Millard North back to the state tournament.

Nicole Avila-Ambrosi is the definition of a student-athlete.

She is Millard North's second-leading scorer with 13.4 points per game. The 5-foot-8 junior guard​ also leads the team in steals per game (2.7) and is third in rebounding (4.6).

And she does all that while holding a 4.0 grade-point average. That'll help as she wants to be a doctor after her college playing career is done. 

But she's still deciding where that college career will take place. She currently holds Division I scholarship offers from UNO and California Baptist.

"I've been to UNO a handful of times for games and have taken two unofficial visits, along with meeting with their pre-med advisor," Avila-Ambrosi said.

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Ivy League schools Cornell and Columbia have expressed interest, as have Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, South Dakota and Drake.

"I am taking an official visit to California Baptist in April because I haven't seen their campus, and visiting Cornell on March 18," Avila-Ambrosi said.

Avila-Ambrosi and the Mustangs are well on their way to accomplishing their goal of winning the first state championship in school history. That quest will begin Thursday as they hope to avoid a first-round exit like last season.

"Last year we lost first round of state and that really put us down," Avila-Ambrosi said. "It was the worst thing ever. ...

"We are coming in with a lot of fire to the state tournament. We have been playing together and as one unit lately and I think that really helps us. As a team we are going to keep focusing on passing the ball around and finding the best shot."

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