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Women’s basketball coach Jon Kreiner has announced the commitment of 5’5 guard Nikki Ylagan, of Mississauga.
“We are thrilled that Nikki has chosen Lakehead University to play basketball and further her education. She’s a great student and a great player with a lot of experience. Nikki is a very skilled guard that can really shoot it, is very quick and athletic and really knows how to use ball screens. She will need to get stronger but our backcourt just got a lot deeper with the addition of Nikki Ylagan.”
“Two years ago I watched Lakehead play at Ryerson and since then Lakehead has always been a top choice for my post secondary plans,” says Ylagan. “My campus visit to Lakehead was such a memorable experience. The community is so engaged and while watching the game people were so friendly and so welcoming. They made me feel as though I was already a Thunderwolf!
Nikki’s Brampton Warriors’ JUEL Coach Hugh Riley states, “Nikki is a player that the community of Thunder Bay is going to love, she is very competitive and will make other players around her better. She is very intelligent with a high basketball IQ. As a person she is funny and loves to smile a lot and comes from a great family, her mom and dad are very gracious people. It has been a pleasure coaching her this year and I wished I coached her longer.”
Ylagan’s AAU and Canada Elite Coach Handel Kipp remarks, “Nikki is a competitive athlete and always rises to the occasion. She is very skilled, works well off the pick and roll and is a shot creator. Nikki will be a fan favourite and will impact her team right away.”
Ylagan goes on to explain her decision, saying, “Coach Kreiner, the rest of the coaching staff and the team were so supportive of each other that it really made me want to be a part of the positive bond that they have. Contributing to my decision making process, Lakehead has such a strong business program and I knew that this is where I want to study. I am thrilled to have made the decision that Lakehead is the perfect home away from home to further my studies and to further my basketball career.”
Profile: Nikki Ylagan
Position: 5’5” Point Guard
High School: Father Michael Goetz
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
High School Statistics
Academic Honour Student. – Grade 8 to Grade 11
Highest grade award in Basketball course (Father Goetz) 2014