Height: 5' 9"
Position: Combo guard (2/1)
College: Michigan State
Nia Clouden Scouting Report
Nia Clouden’s offensive arsenal is unlimited. Her ability to create space and take over games offensively is similar to Kyrie Irving. She is well adept in iso scoring, screen and roll scoring and coming off screens. Nia rebounds like a small forward and she has point guard instincts. Defensively, she can guard positions 1 and 2 and is extremely quick laterally.
2021-2022: Michigan State (Big Ten – D1 – Starting five) – 20 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 agp, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 88.5%
2020-21: Michigan State (Big Ten – D1 – Starting five) – 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 78%
2019-20: Michigan State (Big Ten – D1 – Starting five) – 14.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.3 apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 82.3%
2018-19: Michigan State (Big Ten – D1 – Starting five) – 12 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 74.7%
First round WNBA draft pick of the Connecticut Sun (#12 overall)
Two-time first team All-Big 10
Honorable mention WBCA and AP All American
Two time academic all big 10
Second Team All Big 10
Had a 50 point game against FGCU
SENIOR (2021-22): Captured WBCA and AP honorable mention All-American honors ... Earned WBCA All-Region honors ... First-team All-Big Ten ... Captured Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Finished the season fifth in the Big Ten and first on the team in scoring, averaging 20.0 points per game ... Was ninth in the B1G and second in assists with 4.2 apg ... Started the season with 15 points and seven assists against Morehead State (11/9) ... Near triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists vs. Valpo (11/16) and tied a career high with two blocks .... Had her first 20-point game of the season with 21 to go along with a season-high eight assists vs. Bryant (11/19) ... Had her second-straight 20-point game with 22 at Fordham (11/21) ... Scored 23 points going 8-for-16 from the field and 3-for-6 from long range at Oakland (11/26) ... Earned her fifth-straight 20-point game with 24 points, including going 11-for-12 from the free throw line against Marshall (11/30) ... Set a new school record with 50 points, going 17-of-28 from the field and 15-of-17 from the charity stripe in a double overtime loss to FGCU (Dec. 20) at the West Palm Beach Invitational, playing 46 minutes ... Added 22 points going 10-for-11 from the charity stripe at the West Palm Beach Invitational against West Virginia (12/21) ... Led all scorers with 32 points against Nebraska (12/30), including going 15-for-17 from the free throw line and adding six assists ... Earned her 10th 20+ point game with 21 points at Ohio State (1/12) ... Set a new career-high with five 3-pointers, scoring 19 points against Northwestern (1/16) ... Earned a spot on the Big Ten Honor roll with 25 points, including going 11-for-12 from the free throw line against Minnesota (1/23) ... Earned her 12th 20-point game with 22 points, highlighted by 18 second-half points against No. 17/14 Maryland (2/3) ... Tied her career high with six 3-pointers en route to 29 points at Minnesota (2/6) ... Earned her 14th 20-point game of the season, including a 13-point third quarter against No. 4/4 Maryland (2/10) ... Reached 20 points for the 15th time with four assists against No. 4/4 Michigan (2/10) ... Tied her season high with eight assists along with 12 points at Wisconsin (2/16) ... Had her first 20-point game since Feb. 10 with 22 points, going 7-for-15 from the field at No. 6/5 Michigan (2/24), becoming No. 2 in MSU’s all-time career scoring ... On Senior Day, was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, scoring 19 points on the day against No. 17/17 Ohio State (2/17) ... Scored 23 points against Purdue (3/4), going 10-for-11 from the charity stripe in the Big Ten Tournament.
JUNIOR (2020-21): First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 18.7 ppg ... 15th in the B1G steals, averaging 1.6 spg ... Led the team in scoring and started all 24 games ... Started the season with 15 points and 10 assists in the season opener vs. Saint Francis (11/27), just her fourth career double-double ... Scored 15 points for the second-straight game with four assists against Detroit Mercy (12/2) ... In the B1G opener, scored a season-high 25 points with a career-high five steals at Minnesota (12/9) ... Second-straight 20-point game with 21 points and six assists vs. Iowa (12/12) ... For the first time in her career scored 20+ points for three-straight games with 21 points and six assists against Central Michigan (12/18) ... Third 20-point game of the season with 23 points at Purdue (1/3) ... Became the 29th member of the MSU 1,000-point club with her first basket of the second half against No. 12/12 Maryland, setting a then-career-high with 32 points ... Led the team in scoring with 19 points at No. 16/15 Indiana (1/31) ... Had her sixth 20-point game against Illinois (2/4) with 28 points, adding six rebounds and five assists ... Set a new career-high for her second 30-point game, scoring 34 points at No. 11/11 Michigan (2/16), adding a team-high eight boards ... Scored season-low six points against Purdue (2/21), but added six assists, including the assists on the game-winning shot by Tory Ozment ... Returned to her double-figure scoring ways with 18 points vs. Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament (3/10) ... One point shy of MSU record for points in a B1G Tournament game with 30 points against No. 9 Indiana (3/11) with six rebounds and three steals ... Earned Big Ten All-Tournament honors, averaging 24.0 ppg in three games, scoring 24 points and seven rebounds against Iowa in the semifinal (3/12) ... In the NCAA Tournament, scored a team-leading 16 points against Iowa State (3/22).
SOPHOMORE (2019-20): Second-team All-Big Ten ... Led the team in scoring and steals, while setting a career-high three treys and tying her career-high of three rebounds and four steals in the season-opening win vs. Eastern Michigan (11/5) ... Led the team in scoring while setting a new career-high in points scored and three-pointers with 28 points and four treys in 38 minutes of play at No. 15/14 Notre Dame (11/14) ... Had four boards and added six helpers vs. Oakland (11/19) ... Captured double-digit scoring with 12 points vs. Hartford (11/24) ... Scored 12 points with four assists and six rebounds against LSU (11/29) ... Led the team in scoring with 16 points and tied her career-high in steals with four against Kansas State at the Junkanoo Jam (11/30), earning All-Tournament team honors ... Scored 22 points, setting a season-high with eight assists, adding four steals and four rebounds at No. 8/10 Florida State in the B1G/ACC Challenge (12/5) ... Scored 20 points with a then-career-high six rebounds and five assists against Syracuse in the Florida Sunshine Classic (12/20) ... Tallied 16 points while adding a career-high eight rebounds and two steals vs. No. 22/25 West Virginia at the Florida Sunshine Classic (12/21), earning All-Tournament honors ... Captured double-digit scoring for the 13th time this season, scoring 11 points while leading the team in assists with seven and tying her career-high in steals with four ... Had her fifth 20-point game of the season, while dishing five assists and tying her career-high in three-pointers with four vs. Wisconsin (1/12) ... Had her second-consecutive 20-point game, dishing six assists and going 7-for-7 from the free throw line vs. Ohio State (1/16) ... Scored 14 points, hauled five rebounds and led the team in assists with six in 36 minutes of play at Rutgers (1/20) ... Captured double-digit scoring with 10 points, hauling two rebounds and dishing one assist at No. 19 Iowa (1/26) ... Led the team in scoring with 17 points, adding three assists and one rebound in 32 minutes of play vs. Purdue (1/30) ... Led the team in scoring for the second-consecutive game with 17 points, including going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and adding three steals at No. 13 Maryland (2/3) ... Recorded her second career double-double and first of the season with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, also dished three assists, in 34 minutes of play vs. Minnesota (2/17) ... Tied for the team lead in points with 14 points, scoring nine in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying and go-ahead baskets, added two assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes of play at Purdue (2/20) ... Led the team in scoring with 18 points adding four assists and two steals in 34 minutes of play vs. Michigan (2/23) ... Captured her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of play at Illinois (2/26) ... Registered her seventh 20-point game of the season, dishing five assists with one steal vs. Penn State (3/1) ... Scored 14 points with eight rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist in 33 minutes of play vs. Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament (3/5).
FRESHMAN (2018-19): Honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Starting in her first career game as a freshman Clouden scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds against Bowling Green (11/6) ... Added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists against ETSU (11/11) ... Finished in double figures for the third time with 10 points against Wright State (11/18) in addition to a career-best three steals ... Scored a career-high 18 points with six assists against Kennesaw State at the Cancun Challenge (11/23) ... Dished out a career-high 11 assists alongside 10 points against Virginia (11/28) ... Was one of six players to score in double-figures against Oakland (12/5) with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists ... Added nine points, four assists and four rebounds in a win over No. 3 Oregon (12/9) ... Had eight points in 38 minutes against Hartford (12/16) ... Scored 18 points in addition to six assists and four rebounds against Florida Atlantic (12/20) ... Contributed a career-best 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and handed out five assists against No. 16 Iowa (12/30) ... In her 10th time scoring in double figures of the season had 10 points and five rebounds against Indiana (1/6) ... Second on the team in scoring with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists against N0. 18 Minnesota (1/9) ... Had a season-high nine rebounds against No. 9 Maryland (1/17) to lead the team for the first time this season ... Scored seven points and brought down five rebounds against No. 20 Rutgers (1/20) ... Matched her season-high with 11 assists against Illinois (1/24) ... Back in double-figures against Purdue (2/3) with 10 points ... Scored a team-high 20 points and dished out five assists against No. 16 Iowa (2/7) ... Led the team in assists with six against Indiana (2/11) ... Scored a game-high 23 points against Ohio State (2/21) ... Scored 11 points and assisted on three baskets against Michigan (2/24) ... Led the Spartans with 14 points against Penn State (2/27) ... Scored a team-high 18 points against Minnesota (3/3) ... Had 11 points with six rebounds against Northwestern in the B1G Tournament (3/7) ... One of three Spartans in double-figures against Maryland (3/8) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Led the team in assists with seven against Central Michigan (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament.