BY THE NUMBERS 

Wilson was a unanimous selection as 2017-18 National Player of the Year after averaging career highs in scoring (22.6) and rebounding (11.9). She ranked seventh and 11th in the nation respectively in each of those categories, and had the fifth most double-doubles in the nation as a senior. As a junior, Wilson led the Gamecocks to the 2017 National Championship, and she was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She finished her collegiate career ranked first in South Caroline history in scoring (2,389) and blocked shots (363).

CAREER COLLEGIATE STATISTICS
G-GS Min-MPG FG-FGA FG% 3G-3GA 3G% FT-FTA FT% OR DR REB RPG PF-DQ A TO B S Pts PPG
2014-15 37-1 734-19.8 177-329 .538 1-3 .333 131-198 .662 78 165 243 6.6 72-1 37 62 65 32 486 13.1
2015-16 33-32 895-27.1 205-386 .531 0-0 —- 120-166 .723 88 199 287 8.7 78-1 47 74 103 27 530 16.1
2016-17 35-35 995-28.4 233-396 .588 0-1 .000 160-217 .737 93 181 274 7.8 78-1 50 68 90 43 626 17.9
2017-18 33-29 970-29.4 278-513 .542 5-12 .417 186-254 .732 115 276 391 11.9 65-1 57 83 105 34 747 22.6
Totals 138-97 3594-26.0 893-1624 .550 6-16 .375 597-835 .715 374 821 1195 8.7 293-4 191 287 363 136 2389 17.3

 

HONORS
National Player of the Year 2018 (AP, espnW, USAT, WBCA/Wade, Drysdale/USBWA, Naismith)
Lisa Leslie Award Winner 2018
xxxx Naismith Award Finalist 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Wooden Award Finalist 2018, 2017, 2016
Wade Trophy Finalist 2018, 2017, 2016
Preseason National Player of the Year 2018 (ESPNW)
All-America First Team 2018 (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wooden Award)
2017 (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wooden Award)
2016 (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wooden Award)
All-America Third Team 2015 (AP)
All-America Honorable Mention 2015 (WBCA)
NCAA Final Four MOP 2017
SEC Player of the Year 2018, 2017, 2016 (Coaches, AP)
All-SEC First Team 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 (Coaches, AP)
SEC Defensive Player of the Year 2016

 

ACES SCOUTING REPORT

Very athletic for her size, can play both ends of the floor with her length and mobility.  A versatile scorer and rebounder that should translate well to the pro game.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“She’s so mobile, and she’s long enough to get to places. Even if you’re in great defensive position, she can still get to places. It makes it easy for her to get shots. We had to double her a lot, and that’s a sign of respect from most coaches if they have to double you. You look at all the things she’s done for her team. I would say she’s grown a lot.”

      ~ Geno Auriemma, UConn Head Coach

“I see a tremendous player who has developed into somebody who is really special. She’s reading the defense a lot quicker. She’s very complete. I don’t think there’s another player in the country like her from a collegiate or pro standpoint. Her ability to dribble the basketball, consistently make outside shots, rebound the basketball on both sides of the court.”

      ~ Dawn Staley, South Carolina Head Coach 

“A’ja is just so relentless. She knows that she’s going to get doubled every night, it comes from a diferent place every night and she still fnds ways to score. Every year you watch her game, she’s gotten better. She posts you hard. She can drive you. She’s shooting it now. So, it’s just a difcult matchup.”

~ Joni Taylor, Georgia Head Coach

“Simply put, Wilson is everything Las Vegas needs. She’s a rim protector, so she can play the 5 in faster-paced lineups alongside the trio of guards, Kelsey Plum, Moriah Jefferson and Kayla McBride. She can also stretch the floor, shooting threes this year with an even more improved face-up game, if the Aces want to utilize Kayla Alexander or a free agent five to be named soon. Wilson is ready to start in the league on day one, and she has a good chance to be a star right away.”

      ~ Howard Megdal, SummittHoops.com