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A'ja Wilson

  • As of  Oct. 9, 2019.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2015 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup MVP, 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2018 FIBA World Cup, 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and 2013 FIBA U19 World Cup.
  • Is 38-0 in USA Basketball games played.
  • 2017-20 USA National Team:
    • One of eight players who have committed to participate in the USA's 2019-20 expanded training program as announced on July 27, 2019. 
    • Youngest member of the USA team that earned the 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal with a 6-0 slate; averaged 10.0 ppg. and 4.0 rpg. in Tenerife, Spain.
    • Aided the USA to a 5-0 pre-World Cup exhibition record; averaged a team-leading 16.6 ppg. and added 4.6 rpg.
    • Led the USA White Team to a 100-75 victory over the USA Red Team in an intrasquad exhibition during the 2018 USA World Cup Team training camp in South Carolina; had 16 points and 7 rebounds. 
    • Participated in the 2017 USA National Team training camp Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California, and was one of just five collegiate athletes on the training camp roster.
  • Named to the 2017 USA U23 National Team, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
  • Member of the 2015 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record at 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chekhov, Russia.
  • Helped lead the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team to a 3-0 record in exhibition play against Australia, Canada and host Spain in Murcia.
  • Member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which qualified the U.S. for the 2015 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.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2018 by the Las Vegas Aces.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team: 2018.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2018, 2019.
  • Aided the Aces in 2019 to a 21-13 record and the WNBA semifinals. 
  • Swept the WNBA Rookie of the Month awards in 2018 and averaged 20.7 ppg., 8.0 rpg. and 2.2 apg. as the Aces finished with a 14-20 record and one spot out of the playoffs.

College Years

  • In her four years at South Carolina, the Gamecocks compiled a 129-16 (.890) record, won the 2017 NCAA Tournament, advanced to the 2015 NCAA Final Four, 2018 Elite Eight and 2016 NCAA Sweet 16, while capturing three Southeastern Conference regular season titles and four SEC Tournament crowns.
  • Consensus National Player of the Year (2018).
  • Associated Press All-American first team (2016, 2017, 2018) and third team (2015).
  • USBWA All-American (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • WBCA All-America first team (2016, 2017, 2018) and honorable mention (2015).
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2017) and NCAA All-Regional Team (2017).
  • SEC Player of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2018) and all-Defensive Team (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • All-SEC first team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  • SEC tournament MVP (2017) and All-Tournament Team (2016, 2017).
  • SEC Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team (2015).

Personal

  • Born A’Ja Riyadh Wilson in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Daughter of Eva Rakes Wilson and Roscoe C. Wilson Jr., has one older brother, Renaldo.
  • Father played basketball at Benedict College (S.C.) and professionally for 10 years in Europe.
  • Majoring in broadcasting.
  • Started playing basketball when she was 11.
  • Graduated from Heathwood Hall High School (S.C.) where she led the Highlanders to a regional title and the 2014 SCISA Class 3A state crown, a state runner-up finish in 2013 and the 2012 state semifinals.
  • Naismith, Parade Magazine and WBCA National High School Player of the Year (2014).
  • USA Today and Gatorade High School South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2014).
  • WBCA and McDonald’s High School All-American (2014).
  • Also competed in track and field (2011-12), volleyball (2011-12) and soccer (2010-11) and broke her high school’s 100-meter record.
  • Earned all-state honors in volleyball.

Social

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S AVG MIN FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2018 WC 6/ 0 14.7 21-  40 .525 0- 0 .--- 18-  26 .692 24/  4.0 60/ 10.0 6 13 6 9
2018 WCx 5/ 0 18.2 30-  53 .566 0- 0 .--- 23-  29 .793 23/  4.6 83/ 16.6 3 8 5 7
2015 U19 7/  7 22.4 51-103 .495 0- 2 .000 26-  46 .565 59/   8.4 128/ 18.3 16 22 8 14
2015 U19x 3/  3 23.0 17-  37 .459 0- 0 .--- 20-  23 .870 31/ 10.3 54/ 18.0 4 7 6 3
2014 U18 5/  4 18.6 39-  51 .765 0- 0 .--- 17-  25 .680 42/   8.4 95/ 19.0 4 8 10 4
2013 U19 9/  0 16.6 40-  74 .541 0- 0 .--- 18-  24 .750 71/   7.9 98/ 10.9 5 19 15 9
2013 U19X 3/  0 18.7 11-  23 .478 0- 0 .--- 3-7 .429 22/   7.3 25/   8.3 0 4 2 2
Totals 38/14 209-381 .549 0- 2 .000 126-180 .700 272/  7.2 543/ 14.3 38 81 52 48

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