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Boonsboro High School senior hopes to lead basketball team to playoffs

December 15, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Editor's note: What are your best memories from your senior year of high school? Was it prom? Making the basketball team? Did you get your driver's license that year? This school year, The Herald-Mail will talk with seniors from each public high school in Washington County about the memories they are making. Each month through their graduation, the eight students will talk about the moments that are making their senior year special.

BOONSBORO ? He was able to score 17 points in a single basketball game, and said he's only improved over the years.

But what Nicodeme Agassy Wanko, aka Nico, said he is working on this year is his consistency. He said having one high scoring game is impressive, but being able to bring his "best game" to the court during every practice and every game will help his Boonsboro High School varsity basketball team succeed.

His goal is to lead the 11-member team to the playoffs this year, something they also accomplished the past three years.

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The team is 1-2 so far this season.

Nico, 17, is a Boonsboro High School senior, but said he hopes this isn't his last year playing basketball for a school team. He wants to continue in college, but says he hasn't settled on a school yet.

In fact, Nico said he doesn't feel like this is his last season competing for the Warriors.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," he said. "Maybe ... maybe when it's that last game, then it will feel like it's my last year."

Until then, he's focusing on his game, his consistency and his team.

"I want to play every game hard," Nico said. "Don't hold back."

Basketball tryouts began in November, and he said the team has had daily practice since then working on fundamentals and situations they might face in a game. He said he was even named captain this year.

"I'm the best player on the team," Nico said. "I guess I would be captain."

He either plays as a power forward or a small forward.

In one of the team's early season games, Nico scored 17 points ? more than he scored in any single game last year.

He credits his improvement with hard work, practice and a dedication to playing hard.

Nico has been on the varsity basketball team since the end of his sophomore year, and has played basketball for Boonsboro since his freshman year. He also has played in a community league.

Playing hard means looking for fast-break opportunities. They don't happen very often, but Nico said that sometimes he is able to create an opportunity to score on a fast break.

"I love it," he said. "I just get (the ball) and run."

At 6 feet 2 inches, Nico is one of the tallest players on his team, and said he is bigger and stronger than he was just a few years ago ? which has significantly helped his rebounding, he said.

Nico says he hopes to lead his team like his favorite NBA basketball player, Kevin Garnett, of the Boston Celtics.

"He controls the whole game with his playing," he said. "I would like to do that."

His goal is for the Warriors to be above .500 this season.

"I'd like us to win more games than we lose," Nico said. "I think we can do it if we play hard."

Nico also ran track during his freshman and sophomore years, but said he might play tennis this year instead. He said basketball takes up most of his time, so he doesn't participate in many other school activities.

He does work hard in class, though, and maintains a 3.39 grade-point average.

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