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Andrew Wiggins and Kia Nurse Named Toyota Players of the Week for June 28-July 4


Jul 8, 2021

Andrew Wiggins and Kia Nurse have been selected as the Toyota Players of the Week for June 28-July 4.

Wiggins joined Team Canada this past week at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, where he averaged 21.7 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists over three games. During the semi-final game loss against Czech Republic, Wiggins put up 22 points and hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime after Canada went on a 12-0 run in the final 57 seconds. At the 2014 NBA draft, Wiggins was selected first overall, making him the second-ever Canadian in history to be selected in the top spot at an NBA draft. Playing his rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wiggins was recognized as the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year and named to the All-Rookie 1st team. Last year, the 6'7" small forward was traded to the Warriors after spending five seasons with the Timberwolves. This season, Wiggins averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 74 games for the Warriors. The Vaughan, Ont. native has represented Canada several times, including at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men, 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men and the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Men.

Nurse had a strong performance with the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) scoring 13 points and 6 rebounds and shooting 75% from the line in a win against the Los Angeles Sparks. The 6'0" guard from Hamilton, ON attended the University of Connecticut (NCAA) where she was a two-time NCAA champion. In 2018, Nurse was drafted 10th overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft to the New York Liberty. In her second year with the league, she was named to the starting line up of the WNBA All-Star game, making her just the third Canadian to play in the All-Star game. Now as a guard with the Phoenix Mercury, Nurse has represented Team Canada in 104 games at various FIBA, Olympic and Pan American tournaments since 2011 and is set to appear at her second Olympic games with the Senior Women's National Team (ranked 4th) in Tokyo in the coming weeks.

Canada Basketball’s Players of the Week are proudly sponsored by Toyota.