Punta Gorda native, Arik Nicholson is a 21-year-old freshman at the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) in California and was recently named Freshman of the Year. He is an undergrad, studying Business Management on a basketball scholarship. Nicholson explained that this opportunity was presented to him by chance in 2019 when he was on vacation in Las Vegas. He says he was playing in a recreational basketball event when members of the Pioneer Basketball Team from UAV spotted him and invited him to try out for the school, after his stellar performance, he was awarded the scholarship. Nicholson says he hopes that his experience can serve as motivation for his Belizean peers.
Nicholas averaged twelve point two points and seven rebounds in twenty-nine basketball games during his freshman year. He states that after finishing his studies at the university, he plans to represent Belize on a professional level.