STEPHENVILLE – The Texans’ 2021 recruiting class and backcourt continue to blossom, as head coach Misty Wilson announced the signing of Houston area prep guard Nikki Petrakovitz on Monday.
Petrakovitz makes the trek north to Tarleton following a decorated senior season at Conroe Oak Ridge High School in Spring, Texas. She received TCGA All-State and TABC All-Region Team recognition after averaging 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.4 assists per game. Petrakovitz, 5-8, was named the 2020-2021 Montgomery All-County Offensive Player of the Year as well.
“We’re so excited to add Nikki to the Texan family,” Wilson said. “Nikki had a dominant high school career and comes from a tremendous program led by Deidre Vasquez and John Chancellor. She’s a versatile player who can immediately contribute at any guard spot we ask her to play. First and foremost, she’s an elite shooter. She has a great feel for the game, and the athleticism to make plays on both ends of the floor. What excites me most about coaching Nikki is her upside. She’s only scratched the surface of how good she can be. Texan Nation will enjoy watching her over the next four years.”
The addition of Petrakovitz deepens Tarleton’s perimeter defensive prowess. She demonstrated the ability to check opponents’ best offensive playmakers while at Oak Ridge en route to 2020 Montgomery All-County Defensive MVP accolades.
The Spring, Texas native racked up numerous accolades over the course of her four-year career at Oak Ridge. Petrakovitz claimed District MVP honors as both a junior and senior. She was selected to the District 15-6A second team in 2019 as a sophomore and chosen as the District 12-6A Newcomer of the Year following her freshman campaign.
Petrakovitz is also a stelar student, as she took home District All-Academic Awards in 2018 and 2021.
She becomes the fifth member of the Texans’ recruiting class, joining fellow guards Mason Jones, Crystal Smith, Tyler Jackson and Jurnee President. Tarleton expects to announce additional signees in the coming days.