Andrew Wiggins and Miranda Ayim have been named the Toyota Players of the Week for May 10-16.
Wiggins made a statement over a recent three game stretch with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 24 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assists and shooting 54% from the field and 38% from the three-point line. Wiggins performances helped the Warriors close out their regular season with a six game winning streak. 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. 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. Wiggins is averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season with the Warriors and announced yesterday he plans on representing Canada this summer at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria.
Ayim earns this week's accolades as she celebrates winning the LFB Championship with Basket Landes in her final season in France. In the championship game, Ayim scored 11 points and played hard defensively, leading Landes to a 72-64 gold-medal victory over Basket Lattes Montpellier Association. Ayim attended Pepperdine University (NCAA) where she received the programs first All-Academics honour and was recognized as 8th in Waves women’s basketball history for points (1377) and rebounds (735) scored. The London, Ont. native is a veteran of Team Canada, having played a total of 180 games in numerous tournaments since her junior national team debut in 2005. Most notably, Ayim captained the gold-medal winning Team Canada at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017, where she was named to the All-Star Five team. Ayim, a two-time Olympian having represented Team Canada at the Olympic Games in London (2012) and Rio (2016), is set to compete once again this summer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she’ll hope to lead Canada to the podium.
Canada Basketball’s Players of the Week are sponsored by Toyota.