2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

A’ja Wilson

Position: Forward
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190 lbs
School: Heathwood Hall High School  ‘14
Hometown: Hopkins, S.C.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
  • Member of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that posted a perfect 9-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania.
  • Aided the USA U19 squad to a 3-0 exhibition record against U19 teams from Australia, Canada and Spain in the Canary Islands.

College Notes

  • Undecided.

High School Honors

  • South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Player of the Year (2012, 2013).
  • South Carolina Co-Miss Basketball (2012, 2013), shared with trials participant Amber Campbell.
  • South Carolina Female Prep Athlete of the Year (2013).
  • SCISA All-Star (2012).
  • SCISA All-State (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • All-conference (2012, 2013).
  • All-state and all-region in volleyball (2012). 

High School Notes

  • Attends Heathwood Hall High School (S.C.), where she has played four varsity seasons, beginning in the eighth grade, and amassed 2,170 points, and approximately 1,500 rebounds.
  • As a junior in 2012-13, helped Heathwood Hall to a 27-7 record, the regional championship and state runner-up finish; started all 27 games and averaged 22.0 ppg., 15.0 rpg., 3.0 apg., 5.0 spg. and 3.0 bpg.
  • As a sophomore in 2011-12, Heathwood Hall advanced to the SCISA semifinals.
  • Also competed in track and field (2011-12), volleyball (2011-12) and soccer (2010-11) and broke her high school’s 100-meter record.
  • Had thought about playing volleyball in college.

Personal Notes

  • Born A’Ja Riyadh Wilson on Aug. 8, 1996, in Columbia, S.C.
  • Daughter of Eva Rakes Wilson and Roscoe C. Wilson Jr., has one older brother, Renaldo (29).
  • Father played basketball at Benedict College (S.C.) and professionally for 10 years in Europe.
  • Started playing basketball in the fourth grade.
  • Tweets under the handle @_awilson22.

Inside Scoop

  • Most memorable moments from the 2012 Olympics: watching the USA men’s and women’s basketball teams. Was also amazed by the swimming and gymnastic performances. She most remembers the work ethic of the USA Basketball athletes and the teams winning gold.
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team: Kevin Durant, because “I think we play similar roles in the game and he is so smooth.”
  • Plans on majoring in: sports administration with a minor in psychology.
  • If she could drive anything, it would be: a hot-pink Jeep Wrangler.
  • Currently drives: whatever her parents will allow.
  • Favorite Twitter account to follow: @BlakeGriffin32.
  • Top five movies of all time: The Hangover, Princess and the Frog, The Great Gatsby, Spongebob, and Coach Carter.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: GQ.
  • Favorite sports magazines: Eastbay and ESPN.
  • Must-have pre-game snack: a bottle of Smartwater and sour gummy worms.
  • Favorite app: Jenga.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: volleyball.
  • Favorite class: history.
  • Favorite basketball players of all time: LeBron James and Candace Parker.
  • Favorite basketball team: Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Kevin Durant.
  • Most played song on her iPod: “Loveeee Song” by Rihanna, featuring Future.
  • Best player ever faced: Diamond DeShields.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Coach Pat Summitt because she’s “one of the best coaches ever.”
  • Compares her game to: Candace Parker because of her versatility.
  • This left-hander wears No. 22 because it’s unique.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends and family and social networking.
  • Most people don’t know: she has Bieber fever.
  • Superstitions include: she has to play a song by Drake before every game.
  • Has traveled outside the United States to the Cayman Islands.
USA Basketball Statistics:
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013 U19
9/0
40- 74
.541
0- 0
.---
18- 24
.750
71/ 7.9
98/ 10.9
5
15
9
2013 U19X
3/0
11- 23
.478
0- 0
.---
3- 7
.429
22/ 7.3
25/ 8.3
0
2
2
Totals
12/0
51- 97
.526
0- 0
.---
21- 31
.677
93/ 7.8
123/ 10.3
5
17
11