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Aari McDonald's Bio

About Aari McDonald

Position: Guard
Height: 5-6
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Birthdate: August 20, 1998
College: Arizona
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

WNBA Transactions: Drafted 3rd overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

The Confidence, Speed and Shooting of Aari McDonald | Natalie Weiner, New York Times
Dear WNBA GMs | Aari McDonald, The Players’ Tribune
Five Things to Know About Aari McDonald | Brian Martin, WNBA.com

College: 2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year and 2021 and 2020 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year … Two-time All-American … 2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Winner … Arizona single-season scoring record holder (890), Arizona single-game scoring record holder (44 points at Texas on Nov. 17, 2019) … Led Arizona to its first NCAA Finals appearance in 2021 … Averaged 21.7 points and 5.9 assists over her three years with the Wildcats … During Arizona’s incredible run to the NCAA Championship game in 2021, McDonald averaged 24.8 points over six games, including 33 against Indiana in the Elite Eight. She is the first Wildcat to ever be drafted in the first round of a WNBA Draft.
Before Arizona, McDonald transferred from the University of Washington, where she was named to the 2017 Pac-12 All-Freshman team and was their third-leading scorer behind WBCA All-Americans Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor. Additionally, McDonald was named a finalist for the U19 U.S. World Cup Team and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the week twice last season. Regarded as one of the top freshman point guards in the country, she played in 28 games last season while starting in 21 of them. She averaged just under 10 points per game while shooting 47% from the field in 24.1 minutes per game while scoring in double-figures 12 times last season with a season-high 23 against CSUN. In the NCAA Tournament, McDonald averaged 13.7 points per game.

High School: McDonald was the No. 51 player in the country and the seventh-ranked point guard by prospectsnation.com while averaging 26.3 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior at Brookside Christian High School. The Fresno, Calif. native was named to the MaxPreps All-State Third Team in California, was a first-team selection for Division IV and was the Stockton Record All-Area Player of the Year. During her junior year, she had six triple-doubles, a quadruple-double and scored 46 points in one game.

Personal: Daughter of Andrea and Aaron McDonald; has three older brothers, Tre, Anthony and AJ, and two older sisters, Shinaed and Shayna … Uncle Benny Johnson served in the U.S. military … Brother Tre played basketball at UNLV, sister-in-law Erica Helms played basketball at UNLV, and cousin Verenique Warren played basketball at Jackson State University.

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