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Cassidy Barrios

School

Nicholls State University

Position
Guard
Major
Business Management

Classroom

Cassidy Barrios has been an outstanding student-athlete during her time at Nicholls, posting a 3.667 GPA as a business major. In her junior season, she was named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year for her success in the classroom and on the court. Barrios is a two-time Southland All-Academic selection (freshmen are not eligible) and made the Southland Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three seasons. Barrios has also earned university academic honors such as the Nicholls Academic Enrichment Award, Nicholls Achievement Award and Freshman Honor Society.

Character

“Cassidy Barrios has had an impact on Nicholls State University since the first day she arrived on campus. She’s an ambassador for herself, our institution, our program and her family. She is the type of student-athlete who prioritizes grades, faith and family. She is a courageous and selfless leader and is always looking to serve others, and in doing so, has accomplished any and every accolade possible to this point in her career. She truly personifies what it means to not only be a student-athlete at Nicholls but a true representative of our entire mission. God blessed me when Cassidy Barrios said yes to Nicholls State University.” - Head Coach DoBee Plaisance

Community

Barrios has been involved in helping out her local community since becoming a Colonel. Growing up in nearby Raceland, she knows the importance of being a valued member of the south Louisiana community. She has volunteered her time at local schools for events such as the Bayou Black Community Center Career Day and South Thibodaux Elementary Girls Basketball League, and she has tutored at West Thibodaux Middle School for the last three years prior to the start of basketball season. Barrios has also assisted with people who require special needs, volunteering at the Lafourche ARC field day, Start Corporation Holiday Meet and Greet, and with the Special Olympics. Last year, she also took part in the team’s holiday community event, collecting canned goods for the Good Samaritan Food Bank.

Competition

Barrios had the most decorated season in program history in her junior campaign. Starting every game since her arrival, she has done everything she’s been asked to do. Barrios took over the point guard duties as a freshman (10.4 ppg) and then played every position but center in her sophomore year (15.4 ppg) en route to being named to the All-Southland Third Team. Last season, she nearly averaged a double-double as a guard with 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds and ranked 19th in the NCAA with 16 double-doubles, while also adding 3.2 assists, 2.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks. In leading the Colonels to their first Southland Conference Tournament title and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Barrios was the first player in program history to earn Southland Conference Player of the Year honors and was also named to the All-Southland First Team and Southland All-Defensive Team, and earned Southland Tournament MVP honors. The Louisiana Sports Writers Association has handed out state awards for women’s basketball for decades, and the organization voted her as Louisiana Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Barrios was the first outright winner since 1986 to not play for LSU or Louisiana Tech.

With a career 14.5 point average, she is on pace to become the program’s all-time leading scorer and already ranks second in blocks, fifth in rebounds and eighth in steals. In 2017-18, she set the single-season record for blocks (48), steals (95) and free throws made (172).

*All stats as of nomination time.