My Top 5 | Darnell Nurse

Kia Nurse, UConn and Canadian National Team guard, has stamped herself as one of the top players in the game. She has a big fan in her older brother, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse, who shares his Top 5 favourite things about his star sibling.

Although she didn’t celebrate a third straight NCAA women’s basketball title this season, Kia Nurse, younger sister of Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse, has stamped herself as one of the top players in the game.

The 21-year-old UConn and Canadian National Team guard also has a big fan and supporter in her older brother, who shares his Top 5 favourite things about his star sibling.

Darnell Nurse's favourite traits about his sister

1. Family bond

“She’s my best friend and we’ve always had a strong connection. I couldn’t ask for a better friend or sister.”

2. Popular personality

“Everywhere she goes, Kia always seems to be the life of the party. People always gravitate towards her.”

3. Happy face

“She’s always smiling. She’s always upbeat and just never seems to have a bad day.”

4. All-star skills

“I really respect her athleticism. She’s the best athlete I’ve ever seen.”

5. Fashion statement

“I always get the coolest UConn gear for my birthday and Christmas from Kia. I love it. I have four pairs of shorts, four shirts…I wear it all.”

One-on-one:

“If we were to go up against each other in basketball, she’d definitely win, but I’d give her all she could handle. We used to have some pretty serious battles when we were growing up. When it comes to hockey, she can skate in a straight line, but I’d come out on top.”