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A’ja Wilson's Bio

About A’ja Wilson

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter @_ajawilson22
Instagram @aja22wilson
Web Site ajawilson22.com

 

WNBA TRANSACTIONS

April 12, 2018 Drafted by the Las Vegas Aces with the No. 1 overall pick in the First round of the 2018 WNBA Draft

 

WNBA CAREER 

2019 (Las Vegas)

  • Named to the WNBA All-Star Team, and captained the winning team, which beat Team Delle Donne, 129-126.
  • Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played June 17-23 and June 24-30.
  • Led or tied for the team lead in scoring on 11 occasions, in rebounding on 9 occasions, and in assists 1 time.
  • Reached double figures in scoring on 23 occasions and in rebounding on 3 occasions.
  • Scored 20 or more points on 7 occasions, and 30 or more points 1 time, including a career-high and franchise record-tying 39 vs. Indiana on June 22.
  • Finished seventh in the league in scoring average, 17th in rebounding, and fourth in blocked shots.
  • Recorded 3 points-rebound double-doubles, and 3 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Missed 8 games due to injury (ankle).
  • Scored in double figures in the postseason on 3 occasions, and 20 or more points 2 times, including a career playoff-high 23 at Washington in the WNBA Semifinals on September 17.
  • Recorded her first postseason double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Chicago in the WNBA Second Round on September 15.

2018 (Las Vegas)

  • Named WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • Named to the WNBA All-Star Team
  • Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played July 2-8
  • Named June, July and August Rookie of the Month
  • Became the 15th player in WNBA history to begin her career by recording a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds at Connecticut on May 20)
  • Led or tied for the team lead in scoring on 17 occasions, in rebounding on 16 occasions, and in assists 5 times
  • Reached double figures in scoring on 33 occasions and in rebounding on 10 occasions
  • Scored 20 or more points on 18 occasions, and 30 or more points 3 times
  • Led the WNBA in free throws made and free throw attempts
  • Finished fourth in the league in scoring average, sixth in rebounding, sixth in blocked shots, second in field goal attempts and sixth in made field goals
  • Set franchise records for made field goals, field goal attempts, made free throws, free throw attempts, points and scoring average
  • Set franchise record for most made field goals in a game (16 at Indiana on June 12)
  • Tied the program record for most made free throws (14) and most free throw attempts (18) in a game against Washington on June 1
  • Scored the second most points by a rookie (35) in franchise history at Indiana on June 12
  • Recorded 10 double-doubles, and 7 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds

 

A’JA WILSON IN THE NEWS

 

OVERSEAS CAREER 

2018-19 [Shaanxi Tianze—China (WCBA)] 

  • Played 4 games before tweaking her knee and returning to the United States to rehabilitate her injury
  • Scored at least 33 points in all 4 games, and 40 or more points on 2 occasions, including a season-high 42 vs. Jiangsu Niu Shoushan on October 24
  • Recorded 3 point-rebound double-doubles
  • Had 3 games with 10 or more rebounds including a season-high 19 vs. Jiangsu Niu Shoushan on October 24

 

OVERSEAS STATISTICS 

Year Team League G Min FG FGA FG% 3G 3GA 3G% FT FTA FT% OR DR REB A S B TO PF PTS Avg
2017-18 Shaanxi Tianze  WCBA 4 154 60 113 .531 0 0 —- 29 35 .829 17 43 60 12 9 8 15 1 149 37.3
Chinese Lg (WCBA) 4 154 60 113 .531 0 0 —- 29 35 .829 17 43 60 12 9 8 15 1 149 37.3
Totals 4 154 60 113 .531 0 0 —- 29 35 .829 17 43 60 12 9 8 15 1 149 37.3

 

USA BASKETBALL

  • Is 38-0 as a member of USA Basketball Teams
  • Was the youngest member of the gold-medal-winning, 2018 Word Cup Team where she tied for fourth on the team in steals, and was one of seven players on the team to hand out 10 or more assists in the 6 games.
  • Named to the 2017 USA U23 National Team, but was forced to withdraw due to injury
  • Played on the U19 team in 2015 that won gold at the FIBA World Cup in Chekhov, Russia, going a perfect 7-0
  • Named 2015 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
  • Named 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup MVP
  • Played on the U18 team in 2014 that won gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which helped the team qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship
  • Named 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship MVP
  • Played on the U19 team in 2013 that won gold at the FIBA World Championship in Lithuania

USA BASKETBALL STATISTICS 

Year Team G GS Min FG FGA FG% 3G 3GA 3G% FT FTA FT% OR DR REB A S B TO PF PTS Avg
2013 U19X 3 0 11 23 .478 0 0 —- 3 7 .429 22 0 2 2 4 25 8.3
2013 U19 9 0 40 74 .541 0 0 —- 18 24 .750 72 5 9 15 19 98 10.9
2014 U18 5 4   39 51 .765 0 0 —- 17 25 .680     42 4 4 10 8   95 19.0
2015 U19X 3 3   17 37 .459 0 0 —- 20 23 .870     31 4 3 6 7   54 18.0
2015 U19 7 7   51 103 .495 0 2 .000 26 46 .565     59 16 14 8 22   128 18.3
2018 WCX 5 5 91 30 53 .566 0 0 —- 23 29 .793 7 16 23 3 7 5 8 5 83 16.6
2018 WC 6 0 88 21 40 .525 0 0 —- 18 26 .692 10 14 24 6 9 6 13 9 60 10.0
2019                                              
Totals 38 19 209 381 .549 0 2 .000 125 180 .694 272 38 48 52 81 543 14.3

 

COLLEGE

Career (South Carolina, 2014-18)

  • Finished her career ranked first in South Carolina program history in career points, blocked shots, made free throws and free throw attempts; second in number of 20 point games (47), made field goals, defensive rebounds, and double-doubles (54); third in rebounds, and games played; fourth in field goal attempts, and offensive rebounds; and fifth in scoring average, and field goal percentage
  • Finished her career ranked first in SEC history in points, 20-point games (23), made free throws, free throw attempts, and blocked shots; and second in scoring average, rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, and double-doubles (21)

Senior (South Carolina, 2017-18)

  • Named consensus National Player of the Year (espnW, USA Today, AP, USBWA, Basketball Times)
  • Named unanimous First-Team All-American (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Wooden Award)
  • Won the Wooden Award
  • Won the Naismith Award
  • Won the Wade Trophy
  • Became three-time SEC Player of the Year, the first in league history, and was SEC Tournament MVP for second-straight season
  • Named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • Named to the All-SEC First Team by coaches and AP
  • Named to the NCAA Albany Region All-Tournament Team
  • Named SEC Player of the Week on three occsdiond
  • Set school record for free throws made and attempted, defensive rebounds, and blocked shots
  • Recorded the second most 20-point games (21), rebounds, double-doubles (24); the third most points; the fourth most offensive rebounds; and the fifth most made field goals, and rebound average in a season in program history
  • Finished season ranked seventh in the nation in scoring average, 11th in rebounding average and fifth in blocked shots average – the only player ranked among the nation’s top 35 in all three categories
  • Selected to be a team captain for the second-straight season
  • Team’s top scorer in 25 of her 33 games and top rebounder 30 times
  • Recorded 23 20-point games among her 32 double-digit scoring outings
  • Averaged a double-double (22.8 ppg, 12.0 rpg) in the NCAA Tournament
  • After a week away from the basketball court, was cleared the day of the SEC Tournament opener and went on to average 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game off the bench to claim Tournament MVP honors
  • Broke the Gamecocks’ all-time scoring record in the SEC Tournament semifinals against #18 Georgia on March 3, hitting the mark in one less game than Sheila Foster who held the record for 36 years
  • Became the first Gamecock to record a 20-point, 20-rebuond game since 1981 when she scored 27 points and grabbed 24 boards against #24 LSU on February 22
  • Grabbed her 1,000th career rebound against Arkansas on January 25 to become just the 13th player in SEC history to amass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds
  • Scored her 2,000th career point against Auburn on January 11, becoming just the third Gamecock all-time to hit the mark
  • Scored a career-high 34 points against #6 Notre Dame on November 26 for her third entry on the Gamecocks’ list of 30-point games against nationally ranked foes

Junior (South Carolina, 2016-17)

  • Gamecocks won the National Championship with a 67-55 win over Mississippi State in the title game
  • Named Final Four Most Outstanding Player
  • Led team with 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game the NCAA Tournament, shooting 59.4 percent from the field
  • Named First-Team All-American (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wooden Award)
  • Was a finalist for the Naismith Award
  • Was a finalist for the Wooden Award
  • Was a finalist for the Wade Trophy
  • Gamecocks won the SEC Tournament Championship
  • Named SEC Tournament MVP
  • Named SEC Player of the Year by the coaches an AP
  • Named to the SEC All-Defensive Team
  • Named to the NCAA Stockton Region All-Tournament Team
  • Named SEC Player of the Week on March 2
  • Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • Was an SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council Representative
  • Selected as team captain
  • Recorded the second most made free throws; the third most blocked shots, the fourth highest field goal percentage, and the fifth most free throw attempts in a season i program history
  • Ranked 14th in the nation in field goal percentage and 19th in blocks, ranking third and first in the SEC, respectively
  • Among league top 10 in scoring (2nd) and rebounding (8th)
  • In conference play, was second in blocked shots (2.2) and ranked in the top 10 in scoring (4th, 18.2) and rebounding (7th, 8.5)
  • Was the team’s top scorer 20 times in her 35 games, scoring in double figures 31 times on the season

Sophomore (South Carolina, 2015-16)

  • Naismith Award Finalist
  • Wooden Award Finalist
  • Wade Trophy Finalist
  • Named to the All-America First Team (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Wooden Award)
  • Named SEC Player of the Year (Coaches, AP)
  • Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Became the second player in league history to earn SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season
  • Named to the All-SEC First Team (Coaches, AP)
  • Named to the SEC All-Defensive Team
  • Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team
  • Named SEC Player of the Week on four occasions
  • Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • Recorded the second most blocked shots in a season in program history
  • Ranked 12th in the nation in blocked shots (3.12) and 38th in field goal percentage (.531), leading the SEC in both categories
  • Was also among SEC’s top five scorers (5th, 16.1 pgg) and rebounders (4th, 8.7 rpg) and ranked 10th in free throw percentage (.723)
  • In SEC play, was second in scoring (16.3 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.5), leading the league in field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots (3.3)
  • Led the team in scoring on 15 occasions
  • Led the team in rebounding on 14 occasions
  • Became the second player in program history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore during the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State on March 20

Freshman (South Carolina, 2014-15)

  • Named to the All-America Third Team (AP)
  • Named to the Honorable Mention All-America Team (WBCA)
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches, AP)
  • Named to the All-SEC First Team (Coaches, AP)
  • Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week for the week of December 1-7
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week on five occasions
  • Ranked 12th in the league in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.6), and was the only freshman among the league’s top 20 in both categorie
  • Recorded 5 double-doubles
  • Scored in double figures 29 times with 5 20-point games
  • Led the team in scoring 15 times
  • Was the team’s top rebounder 9 times

COLLEGE STATISTICS 

Year Team League G GS Min FG FGA FG% 3G 3GA 3G% FT FTA FT% OR DR REB A S B TO PF PTS Avg
2014-15 South Carolina SEC 37 1 734 177 329 .538 1 3 .333 131 198 .662 78 165 243 37 32 65 62 72 486 13.1
2015-16 South Carolina SEC 33 32 895 205 386 .531 0 0 .000 120 166 .723 88 199 287 47 27 103 74 78 530 16.1
2016-17 South Carolina SEC 35 35 995 233 396 .588 0 1 .000 160 217 .737 93 181 274 50 43 90 68 78 626 17.9
2017-18 South Carolina SEC 33 32 970 278 513 .542 5 12 .417 186 254 .732 115 276 391 57 34 105 83 65 747 22.6
Totals 138 97 3594 893 1624 .550 6 16 .375 597 835 .715 374 821 1195 191 136 363 287 293 2389 17.3

 

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Named WBCA, Naismith and Parade Magazine Player of the Year as a senior
  • Rated the number one recruit in the nation by espnW, and HoopGurlz in 2014
  • Named 2014 McDonald’s All-American and South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (2013-14)
  • Earned state player of the year honors from South Carolina independent School Association (SCISA) the last three years of her career (2012-14)
  • Guided Heathwood to 2014 state championship in 2013-14, erasing the runner-up finish of her junior year
  • Averaged 34.4 points 13.9 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a senior, shooting 57 percent
  • Was a five-time South Carolina Independent School Association All-State selection (2010-14)
  • Also earned all-state and all-region honors in volleyball in 2012

 

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Eva and Roscoe Wilson, Jr.
  • Has an older brother, Renaldo
  • Father played basketball professionally in Europe for 10 seasons
  • Majored in mass communications
  • Is dyslexic
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