Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kayla Alexander have been named the Toyota Players of the Week for December 21-27.
In the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first game of the 2020-21 NBA season, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 24 points against the Charlotte Hornets, including the game-winning jump shot to secure their 109-107 victory. The Hamilton, ON native also grabbed seven rebounds and nine assists in their Boxing Day win. Gilgeous-Alexander previously attended the University of Kentucky, where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2018. Later that year, he was selected 11th overall at the NBA Draft. The 22-year-old represented Canada in 2016 at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile where he helped win a silver medal.
Kayla Alexander also had a big Boxing Day victory. The 6-foot-4 centre contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block in just 22 minutes of play in Castors Braine’s 87-56 win over the Phantoms Booms in EuroLeague. Before heading to Belgium, Alexander played for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx in her seventh professional season in the league. During her collegiate career, she attended Syracuse University where she became team's all-time leader in points, blocks, field goals, free throws and games played. Alexander has been a member of the Senior Women’s National Team for six years and most recently helped book Canada’s ticket to Tokyo 2020 at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where she averaged 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
Canada Basketball’s Player of the Week is sponsored by Toyota.