Nate Darling and Laeticia Amihere have been selected as the Toyota Players of the Week for the week of March 28 to April 3.
Amihere had a historic week as she went on to win the NCAA Women’s National Championship with the University of South Carolina in a huge 64-49 win over the University of Connecticut. The 6’2” forward played high school ball for King’s Christian Collegiate (OSBA) and is currently in her junior year at the University of South Carolina. The Mississauga, ON native has played over 30 games with Team Canada over the last four years and most notably represented Canada at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2020 and made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer. Most recently, Amihere played with the Senior Women’s National Team in Osaka, Japan, helping the team qualify for the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney this September.
Darling led the Agua Caliente Clippers (G-League) to a strong finish to the regular season, going 3-0 this past week and securing the number 2 seed in the Western Conference G-League playoffs. The 6’3” guard from Sackville, NS averaged 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists over the week shooting 52% from the field (including 37% from 3PT on 9 3PA/g). Darling attended the University of Delaware (NCAA) where he played until beginning his professional career where he went on to spend time in the NBA G-League and in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets and LA Clippers. Darling made history on March 13, 2021 when he entered the game for the Hornets against the Toronto Raptors to become the first Nova Scotian born NBA player when he entered the game. Darling was most notably a member of Canada’s historic gold medal winning team at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Egypt, where he averaged 7.6 points and 2.0 assists per game.
Canada Basketball’s Toyota Players of the Week are proudly sponsored by Toyota Canada.