Nicholas Kay had nothing short of a spectacular US college career with the Denver’s Metropolitan State University in Colorado.
In his four years there while he studied biology, Nick played alongside future Boomers teammate Mitch McCarron to help the ‘Roadrunners’ to four consecutive NCAA tournaments as well as a runners-up finish in 2013.
He finished his time at MSU in 2015 becoming the second-ranked player in Roadrunners history in free throws made (449), games played (114), and minutes (3,969).
Following the end of his college career, Nick returned to Australia to play for the Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in his debut season to be named Rookie of the Year.
In 2016 he moved to the Illawarra Hawks and then in 2018 to the Perth Wildcats, where he won his first NBL title in 2019 over Melbourne United. He made the All-NBL First Team that year.
Nick was also part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning side with an 87-47 win over Canada in the final.
Nick is one of four players to play the most FIBA World Cup Qualifiers for the Boomers with 10 games. In 2019, he was part of the Boomers line-up that lost 95-88 to Spain in the semi-finals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
At the 2019 Australian Basketball Hall of Fame awards night, Kay was recognised alongside Nathan Sobey with the 2019 Gaze Family Medal for their performances in China and the Gold Coast.
Nick makes his Olympic debut in Tokyo.