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Congratulations to Nia McCormick, LaRosa's MVP of the Week!

Posted on: February 21, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown phenom point guard Nia McCormick -- who topped 1,000 career points this season -- is this week's LaRosa's MVP of the Week!

With her all-in play, great work ethic and strong leadership skills, Nia has earned this honor -- and all the others she's collected. They include setting a school record of 35 points scored against College Prep, scoring 30-plus points in nine games, being named First Team All-CHL and Second Team All-City Div. III as a junior. A dual-sport threat, Nia also earned Second Team All-CHL in volleyball as a junior and senior. Read on for an interview with Nia.

Nia, talk a little about your high school basketball career.

NM: I played my first two years at Mt. Healthy and my junior and senior years here at Finneytown. I've been playing varsity since freshman year. I'm a point guard. And I scored 1,000 career points.

Did you know, at some point into the season, that you were in range of the 1,000th point?

I knew. Carissa Ruffin knew -- she keeps our stats. She was like, 'Nia, you need 40 more points!' At that point we had four games left. When I went into the Wyoming game, I knew I needed five points. I got a lay-up, two free throws and then another lay-up.

You've had so many honors. Which one means the most to you?

Breaking the school record for scoring the most points in a game. I scored 35 points. When I first came to Finneytown, I saw the record for a single game. My mom was like, 'You can beat that!' So it's always been that mindset -- I need to beat that before I graduate.

You're graduating this spring. What are your plans for next year?

I haven't decided, but I'm interested in Cincinnati Christian University or Sinclair University. I want to play basketball.

Did you grow up wanting to play basketball?

No. I didn't start playing until I was in the eighth grade. I started playing volleyball in fourth grade. Then my friend talked me into playing basketball. I was like, I'm not good at basketball, but I started playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) that summer, and I got better.

Now you're a standout. You're getting a lot of attention.

One of my opponents -- a girl from Reading -- in the middle of a game, she was like, 'You score 30 points yet?' My teachers always say, 'Good game, Nia.' They say, 'I might be more excited than you are.' And my friends always come to my games.

What's the best advice anyone has given you?

It was from my mom (Vatina Gray). She said, if you put in the time, you can get better. At one time I wasn't the best basketball player, but I put in the time and the effort and I rose above. I was always taught to be a leader, not a follower.

What will you remember about the game in which you scored the thousandth point?

I got a prom proposal after that game -- 'Since you're done shooting threes, with you go to prom with me?' My boyfriend brought me a pink teddy bear, a poster and roses. I said yes.