Nia Staples

#4 Nia Staples

G | R-Fr. | 5-9 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Lakota West HS

2016-17 (Freshman)

  • Redshirted due to injury

High School

  • Lettered four years at Lakota West High in Cincinnati, Ohio, under coach Andy Fishman
  • Rated as a the nation’s No. 27 point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz
  • Selected as an Ohio nominee for the McDonald’s All-American Game
  • Finished her high school career with 1,270 points, 400 rebounds, 209 steals and a program-record 268 assists
  • Guided Lakota West to a 93-13 record during her four years; including a 38-game win streak
  • Averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.4 assists per game as a senior
  • Shot at a 51.6 percent clip from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the three-point line as a senior
  • Helped the Firebirds to a 26-2 record in 2016, including third place finish in the Ohio Associated Press Poll and a No. 15 national ranking in the ESPNW High School Poll
  • Selected as the 2016 Associated Press Ohio co-Player of the Year
  • Tabbed the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year by the Ohio-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association 
  • Selected as the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2016 Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year
  • 2016 Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year
  • 2016 LaRosa Female MVP of the Year Finalist
  • OHSBCA District 15 Player of the Year
  • Three-time All-Greater Miami Conference First Team honoree
  • Participated in the Ohio vs. Kentucky All-Star Game
  • As a junior, averaged10.4 points and 2.8 rebounds
  • Connected on 47.3 of her field goal attempts, including 33.3 percent from three-point range
  • Guided Lakota West to its first Ohio State Division I title with a 44-38 win over Toledo Notre Dame Academy in 2015, marking the school’s first title since 1992
  • The Firebirds also collected district and regional championships in 2015
  • Earned an invitation to the USA Basketball U17 Team Trials in 2014
  • Played AAU basketball for coach Kechaun Johnson and the Toledo Thunder
  • Won an AAU national title with the Cincinnati Angels in 2013 under coach Chris Arrington
  • Scholastically, named to the Greater Miami Conference All-Academic Team as a sophomore, junior and senior


  • Daughter of Mark and Ja-Rhonda Staples
  • Has a twin brother Ja’Lon
  • Birthday is August 28
  • Majoring in sport and exercise psychology
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll 
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