Trae Bell-Haynes and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe have been selected as the Toyota Players of the Week for November 16-22.
Trae Bell-Haynes, a point guard for Crailsheim Merlins of the German BBL, played a key role in his team’s 101-95 victory over Brose Bamberg on November 22. The Toronto native led his team with an impressive 30 points, including 12 assists and four rebounds. He also shot 7/12 from the field, converted all 12 of his free throws and was named the Merlins Player of the Game. Bell-Haynes previously attended the University of Vermont, where he wrote his name in the history books as a member of the Catamount. He finished his career sitting eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,629 points and fifth all-time in assists with 518, making him one of just three players in the school’s history to register over 1,500 points and 500 assists. He was also named America East Player of the Year during his junior and senior year to become the third athlete in Vermont history to repeat as the conference's top player. Since then, the 25-year-old has played for Milwaukee Buck’s NBA G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, and joined the Niagara River Lions during the 2020 CEBL Summer Series before heading to Europe. Most recently, he represented Canada at the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers in February.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe earned her spot as Player of the Week after scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds in just 19 minutes in Lyon’s 91-77 win over Tarbes. The 29-year-old attended Simon Fraser University in British Columbia before moving overseas to start her professional career in Switzerland. She’s since played in Australia, France, Germany and suited up for the WNBA’s New York Liberty in 2017 and 2019. She’s been a member of the National Team program for nearly a decade, winning gold with Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and FIBA Americas Championship. She’s also competed for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio – where she ranked third on the team in scoring, the2018 FIBA World Cup, 2019 FIBA AmeriCup and most recently helped Canada qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February.