Ryan Nembhard and Michelle Plouffe have been selected as the Toyota Players of the Week for the week from February 14-20.
Nembhard earned his Sixth Big East Freshman of the Week award this past week, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game as Creighton went 3-0 last week. The Aurora, ON native is in his freshman year at Creighton University (NCAA) where he is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this season. Nembhard most recently competed for Canada at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Latvia last summer where the team won bronze. At the tournament, Nembhard averaged 15.1 points, 6.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals over seven games.
In Olympiacos' (Greece) big win over Dafni Agioy, Plouffe led the way with 15 points (6/8 FG), while also adding 3 rebounds. Plouffe played college ball at the University of Utah (NCAA) where in her rookie year, she led all freshmen in the conference in scoring and was named MWC Freshman of the Year. In the 2014 WNBA draft, the Edmonton native was selected in the second round, 19th overall by the Seattle Storm. Soon after, the 6’4” forward began her professional career with Lyon ASVEL Feminin (LFB) in France. Plouffe has most notably repped the maple leaf at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2017 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, where her team took home the gold at both events. Plouffe has also represented Canada at both the 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio) Olympic Games and has most recently taken her talents to the 3x3 Canadian National Team. She recently helped the Senior Women’s National Team qualify for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup earlier this month in Osaka.
Canada Basketball’s Toyota Players of the Week are proudly sponsored by Toyota Canada.