South Carolina Gamecocks forward and Mississauga, ON native Laeticia Amihere, has officially declared for this years’ WNBA draft to be held on April 10.
Amihere, an NCAA national champion in 2022 with South Carolina and a team Canada women’s basketball player, will join her teammates, projected number one overall pick Aliyah Boston and guard Brea Beal in this years’ draft, with the Indiana Fever retaining the first overall pick.
Amihere, a graduate of the King’s Christian girls prep program, averaged 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds,1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 36 games this season and was a key factor in her team’s Final Four success in the 2023 Women’s March Madness tournament.
The 21-year old Amihere and the Gamecocks would go on to lose to Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes 77-73, but scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, on 50% shooting from the field, in the loss which ended their undefeated season.
Besides playing on the court, Amihere devotes her time to her Non-Profit organization known as Back 2 the Motherland. The organization aims to provide access through sports for minority groups amongst North America and Africa.
The nonprofit has hosted a free basketball camp for girls aged 12-16 in July of 2022 at the Athletic Institute in Orangeville, ON to help support underrepresented girls living in Canada.
Amihere was the only Canadian, female or male, to reach the NCAA Final Four in this year’s March Madness tournament.
Photo Courtesy Laeticia Amihere