Angela Mickens is a star on the basketball court for R.E. Lee High School.
She says it's where she finds comfort and peace.
“It's like a getaway. When everything goes wrong, you can just pick up a basketball and shoot it. And then, you can play aggressively against someone else, and the team. It's a team atmosphere. I love my girls to death...love them,” said Angela.
For her coach, it's trust that makes it easy to let her lead the team on the court.
“It's just a tremendous feeling to look out there and know for four years, you're going to kind of give her the keys to the car and she's been driving it pretty well, we've ended up in the state championship twice and the state semifinals, she just does a phenomenal job,” said Coach Jeremy Hartman.
ESPN ranks her as the 14th best point guard in the country.
But in the classroom she shines just as brightly, with a GPA better than a 4.0.
She says her reason is family and her love of the sport and school.
“When I was little, my mother told me I couldn't play basketball if I didn't keep my grades. Ever since then, I told her she didn't have to worry about it. I also told mom she wouldn't have to pay for college. I said, 'I'll handle it,'” said Angela.
“She never settles for anything, if she had an A, she wanted an A+. Even after a test, she wanted to know why she got the grade she did, not to improve her grade, just to improve her knowledge,” said Angela's History teacher Jennifer Knoxville.
She is staying close to home for the future.
“I'm going to JMU to play basketball and I want to major in Biology. I want to take Biology into the med field and become a pediatrician. I want to have my own practice in a low level community so I can help the kids out there,” said Angela.
For the girl that goes by Muff, her success on the court and in the classroom is what makes her WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.