Jaclyn Nucci, South River, Basketball

All-County, all business

December 19, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

South River's Jaclyn Nucci is the returning All-County girls basketball Player of the Year after averaging 20.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, three assists and 2.7 steals last year as a junior.

The senior, 5 feet 9, was also an All-County performer in soccer this past fall and is concentrating now on leading the Seahawks to the Class 4A state semifinals.

Undecided on a college, Nucci, who has a 3.8 grade-point average and scored 1,520 on her SAT, hopes to play basketball at the next level, preferably at a small school.

Your team is off to a 3-0 start. What are your assessments thus far?

We're coming along really good because we did not lose too many people and the people up from JV are really clicking with the people who returned, so far. I think we should have a really good season.

Who are some of the key returning seniors besides yourself?

Ashley Wagner, our point guard, is a pretty key player, and then, we have three "bigs" who are seniors in Katherine Sullivan, Ali Mattingly and Alexa Yancey. They're all really good.

How is everyone adjusting to your new coach, Mike Zvic?

He was an assistant last year, so it's not that much of a transition [from Dave Klingel]. But he and Klingel have different styles and different attitudes. So of course it's different, but not much of a difference.

Is Arundel the team to beat in the county and 4A East?

Every year they are always the team to beat, for everyone. There is a lot of good competition in the county - like Old Mill should be pretty good. And there's always going to be teams who can upset you. You have to go out and play hard all the time, because you never know when a team you are supposed to blow out can give you a good game. It all depends on your attitude.

What are your plans for next year?

Right now I'm looking at schools based on my major - criminology and forensic science. I want to pursue that instead of sports. I want to play basketball at a small, Division III school, nothing too serious, so I can go on with what I want to pursue in my life.

How did you get interested in forensic science and criminology?

I play the games on that, watch all the TV shows, just everything, and I find it fascinating. And I don't want a job going to an office every day and sit at a desk, go to the office and sit at a desk. [Forensic science is] a job that definitely will be always changing.

What other activities are you involved in besides sports?

I do babysitting, and sometimes I help at my church. And I went to Bowie last year to a private school to do after-care, watching kids until their parents come, stuff like that.

What do you do for fun?

I like going to the movies, the mall, watching sports on TV and, of course, the forensic science shows. I also like movie and TV shows like Kite Runner, Man on Fire and Real World.

What kind of music do you like?

I like hip-hop, but I'm open to all kinds of music. It depends on the tune or the beat. But I also like my parents' old music and rap, R&B, not so much country.

Have you set any goals for this year?

Senior year is always the year to slack off, but I want to stay focused and retake my SATs and score higher. I want to make sure that I keep working hard in school and not let stuff slip away.


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