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Monday, November 18, 2013

Canadian national team guard Kia Nurse commits to UConn

It seems true to Kia Nurse's blue-collar nature that she headed off to practice shortly after news of her commitment to UConn began to make its way around various social-media platforms.

Nurse, a 6-foot guard, announced her decision earlier today on her Twitter account.

With her St. Thomas More squad going after the OFSAA title beginning on Thursday, Nurse and her teammates had some work to do so it was off to practice she went.

Her father Richard discussed his daughter's decision which came this morning after she returned from watching the Penn State/UConn game.

"I think it is a great opportunity for her, it is a great coaching staff for her to maximize her potential," said Richard Nurse.

"Now it is just getting ready, I coach her club team and now we can focus on basketball."

The most difficult part was telling the other two finalists (Penn State and Indiana) of her decision. Indiana coach Curt Miller coached Kia's older sister when he was at Bowling Green and the Nurses seemed to hit it off very well with Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her staff when they were at Sunday's game.

" It was hard, they are both solid programs," Richard Nurse said. "Curt's building a program (at Indiana) and Penn State is an up and coming (program) so it was great competition."

So is UConn the perfect landing spot for his daughter?.

"We believe so with their style of play and their commitment to excellence," Richard Nurse said.

To say that the Nurses are an athletic family would be an understatement of incredible proportions. Richard played in the CFL, his sister Raquel is a former star at Syracuse University (who is married to former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb), Kia's brother Darnell was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, a 6-foot-4 defenseman who has 7 goals and 16 assists in 21 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. Her older sister Tamika Nurse played collegiately with Oregon and Bowling Green. As a senior at Bowling Green she was the third-leading scorer on the NCAA tournament team with an average of 10.5 points per game and led the team with 115 assists and 54 steals.

Nurse has become a regular in the Canadian national team program. Nurse was a star on Canada's teams which competed in the FIBA Americas U-16 Championships in 2011 and U-17 World Championships in 2012. More recently, Nurse was Canada's third-leading scorer (averaging 10 points per game) and averaged 2 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Canada finished second in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women to clinch a spot in next year's World Championships.

She is the fourth player in the Class of 2014 to commit to UConn. Meriden's Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark of Phoenix and Gabby Williams of Sparks, Nev. have already signed with UConn. Richard Nurse said there is a ceremony planned at St. Thomas More tomorrow where Nurse will make it official.

Although UConn will need to wait until the spring to find out where A'ja Wilson, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014, hopefully Nurse's letter will arrive at UConn by the time we speak to UConn coach Geno Auriemma after practice tomorrow so we can get reaction to the four players signed during the early signing period.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, is this Verbal only? Has the Signing Period ended? Thanks.

6:56 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

Early signing period ends on Wednesday. Her dad said there is a ceremony tomorrow at Kia's high school when she will make it official. Whether she signs it before that and sends it in or waits to sign it at the ceremony, I am not sure but it should be signed and faxed by tomorrow.

9:33 PM 

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