What is the deal with Aaliyah Edwards and Kia Nurse? The two former basketball teammates apparently shared pointers although Kia Nurse is now a competitor. Nonetheless, Edwards considers Kia Nurse a mentor when transitioning from high school to college.
“Whether it is practice, in the game or in the books, you want to
do the best at everything you can and that you are doing the little
things. As you keep grinding at it, you can be successful.”
Edwards has been praised by her UConn coach, Geno Auriemma for her competitiveness. He said that she goes at both ends offensively, defensively, rebounding the ball, getting to the basket.
It started when Edwards graduated from Crestwood Prep in Toronto last spring after leading the Lions to the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association championship. According to current teammate, Paige Bueckers, she is a great passer, rebounder, defender and finisher.
“She is everything you always ask, but she isn’t just a post.
She can go outside and make plays. She can shoot the ball from
the outside. So I’m really excited about playing with her.”
Edwards was the youngest player on Canada’s senior national team at the FIBA AmeriCup in Puerto Rico in 2019. She then played in a three-game FIBA Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Edmonton, a step toward earning a spot in the Tokyo Games for team Canada.
Whatever resources she has used, things are going well for Edwards in college basketball.
“I’m adjusting well with the team. I love the team. With officially practice
starting… the season is not far away. I feel like we have been more
locked in since the announcement of the start of the season.”
Edwards has avowed many inspirational players. She cites Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks and the late, great Kobe Bryant.