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‍Kevin Pangos and Nirra Fields named Toyota Players of the Week

TORONTO, Ont. (December 14, 2020) - Kevin Pangos and Nirra Fields have been selected as the Toyota Players of the Week for November 30 – December 6.

Pangos had an impressive showing in his two games with Zenit Saint Petersburg, averaging 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Holland Landing, ON native has been a driving force in Zenit’s strong start to the season, where they sit in first place in the VTB United League with an undefeated 7-0 record. The team is also ranked fourth in the EuroLeague standings with a record of 7-3. Currently, Pangos is second in assists per game in EuroLeague with an average of 7.1. Prior to playing in Russia, Pangos won a Copa del Rey and ACB Trophy in 2019 with Barcelona and was previously named the 2015 WCC Player of the Year during his collegiate career with Gonzaga University. The 27-year-old guard recently represented Canada at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, where he helped secure their spot in the upcoming FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.  

Meanwhile, Nirra Fields led her team, Antalya, to a 76-69 victory over Yalova with 33 points, three rebounds and two assists to earn her spot as Toyota Player of the Week. The 27-year-old from Lachine, Quebec has a long history of playing for Canada internationally, beginning at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. As an age group player, she became the first female Canadian to be named to the McDonald’s All-American Game during her senior year of high school. After graduation, she attended UCLA where she was a three-time All-Pac-12 honouree and ended her career on eight top 10 all-time lists including scoring, steals and 20-point games. Fields went on to be drafted 32nd overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2016 WNBA Draft, where she spent one season before heading overseas to play. As a member of the Senior Women’s National Team, she helped Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan American Games, 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship and FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017. She also represented Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Canada Basketball’s Player of the Week is sponsored by Toyota.