Written by Kaitlyn Zook, Athletics Communications Student Intern
Looking at Nicole Enabosi now, it would be hard to believe that she was discovered at a cheerleading competition. The thought of actually playing, instead of being on the sidelines, never crossed her mind. Never, until standing at 5-foot-10 in the fourth grade, she was approached by her future AAU coach, who told her that she should get in the game. Even then, it wasn’t a smooth transition for the current University of Delaware forward.
“I hated it for the first year-and-a-half to maybe two years,” remembered Nicole, laughing. “My mom was always by my side. She always came and sat through every practice because I just hated being there. I would bawl my eyes out. That followed into coming to all of the games and now she’s been to every single one that she can make.”
Growing up, it was only Nicole and her mom, Ora Enabosi, which allowed for a very special bond. Whether it was Nicole’s cheering practices, basketball games, or just talking about their days over a meal at the dinner table, her mom was there for everything.
The rough start to Nicole’s career didn’t make Milton Kimbrough, head coach of the Germantown Lady Panthers (GLP), give up on her. Kimbrough ended up sticking with Nicole through her entire experience with AAU basketball.
“I knew she had potential in the fourth grade,” Kimbrough stated. “Nicole was strong, athletic and muscular like she is now. No fourth-grade coach believed she was nine years old until one of my coaches, Tom Arata, called a time out and Nicole slid on both knees up to the coach. Only a fourth grader would do something like that. 
“Her game started to take off in sixth grade when she helped elevate our GLP program to another level,” Kimbrough continued. “She won her first championship against a team that had beaten us twice during the regular season. From there, people began to notice Nicole Enabosi.”
And man, oh man, do people notice Nicole Enabosi.
A junior business management major from Gaithersburg, Maryland who recently scored her 1,000th career point, she is atop countless Colonial Athletic Association and Blue Hens statistical categories. She can be found amidst the top 15 of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players with the same stats. And her name is already littered amongst the Delaware career and single-season record books.
Here is the kicker; she attributes all of her success and accomplishments to everyone else. Nicole gives credit to her support team – Delaware head coach Natasha Adair, her teammates, her mom and the list could go on.
‘Coach A’ can attest to that.
“I can’t say enough about who Nicole is as a person,” commented Adair. “She is a shining example and role model for everyone who comes in contact with her. Nicole is a great ambassador for the University of Delaware.”
That role model status has been learned from the most valuable member of Nicole’s support team – Ora.
“My mom always tries to instill confidence in me, makes sure I am humble, and grateful,” Nicole said. “Grace the Lord for the talent and gifts He has given to me. She always gets coworkers and/or family to come along with her to games and it always seems like there is someone random in the stands with her. She brags about me to her other coworkers. You look around her cubicle and it is all “Nicole, Nicole, Nicole!”
Their special bond is no secret to those around them.
“They are everything to each other. She does everything for her mom, she is motivated by her mom, and likewise,” Coach Adair attributed.
During the game, Ora is all smiles watching her daughter on the court. Before the games, the pair meets at Nicole’s house for a pregame hug and quick chat before Nicole heads off to the Bob. Post-game brings more hugs, smiles, and food before her mom heads back to Maryland. This is their ritual for every home game. Ora radiates with pride for what her daughter has accomplished, but is just as humble when speaking about their relationship.
Nicole Enabosi is not done yet. The fire that burns inside of her is one that will leave an everlasting mark on the Delaware women’s basketball program – ask anyone who knows her. They will tell you the same thing.