New York Liberty, Canberra Capitals and Canadian National team star Kia Nurse is great for the game, starting the Kia Nurse Elite a development team for top teenage girl players.
Kia Nurse had an incredible rookie season where she averaged 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, She broke out in several games where she scored more than 30 points once and more than 20 points one three other occasions.
While the Liberty were poor compared to their previous years, the shining light of last season, showing that she has the potential to be the future face of the franchise.
After this season, Nurse played with the Canadian National team beofre coming to Australia to play for the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL. She is averaging 17.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. These numbers are impressive on many levels.
Her points production is seventh best in the league, sixth best if you do not count the one game average of teammate Marianna Tolo. Nurse is also being relied upon to guide the Capitals, who are in second place on the ladder averaging 34.8 minutes per game, which is third in the league.
It is no wonder, some of the shots she has taken have been sublime. One of these was the game winner against the Melbourne Boomers where the ball was never leaving her hand.
However, Nurse is also putting in the work off the court as well. She has forme dthe Kia Nurse elite which she has convinced Nike to back. This program follows in the footsteps of Canada Drive which is the program which promoted Nurse, and the talents of of Canadian players so that they would be noticed by big US Colleges.
Her father started this program, and Nurse is breaking new ground as well. This program is the first one which allows Canadian teams to join the Nike and EYBL tournaments. Nurse, like her father before her is doing her bit to improve the quality of the women’s league.
If Nurse is maing this much of a splash after one year in the world’s best league, imagine what she will get done after her 10th. She is going to be a true ambassador for the women’s competitions that she plays in.