The ŽKK Cinkarna Celje professional basketball club is located in Celje, Slovenia. Niyah Becker (22 years old, 188 cm) is the first Canadian to wear the jersey of the club.  

 Becker played the last two seasons at the  NCAA D1 level at Wake Forest University, and before that she was a member of the University of Utah for three seasons (2018 - 2021). ŽKK Cinkarna Celje will be her first club in Europe.

 The wing basketball player has been a member of the Canadian national team since she was 16. In 2016, she won 7th place at the U17 World Championship in Zaragoza with Canada. In 2018 she won a silver medal at the U18 American Championship in Mexico, and in 2019 she won 6th at the U19 World Championship.

For the last 2 years, Niyah is part of the program of the Canadian national team. This year, she was part of a group of fifteen players who did all the preparations for the American Championship, which ended a few days ago in Mexico, but at the last cut before the championship, she did not make it to the twelve for the championship. These days, he is playing with Canada's under-23 team at the Global Jam international tournament in Toronto, where Canada will compete against the USA, Puerto Rico and Africa.

 Niyah Becker commented: "I am extremely looking forward to playing for the Celje club, which I chose because of its tradition, good work and excellent results that it achieves every year. Celje also plays in a strong international competition, which was an additional motivation for me to choose this particular club."

Damir Grgić, coach of ŽKK Cinkarna Celje: "She is a versatile player who can play in different positions. She has been a part of the Canadian national team since she was a child, which in itself speaks of her qualities and potential. She is certainly a player who can make a serious European career and become an important member of the Canadian national team in the coming years. I believe that it will be of great help to our young girls.”


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