A’ja Wilson Named WNBA Rookie of the Month For June 2018

NEW YORK, NY (July 2, 2018)—The WNBA announced today that Las Vegas Aces rookie and MVP candidate A’ja Wilson is the league’s Rookie of the Month for June of 2018.

The No. 1 overall pick in WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm led all rookies in scoring (21.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg), field goal percentage (45.2), blocked shots (1.62 bpg) and minutes (32.0 mpg) during June.  Among all WNBA players, Wilson ranked fifth in scoring and second in rebounding.

Wilson helped the Aces finish with a 6-7 record in June.  The former University of South Carolina standout scored in double figures in all 13 games, including nine games with 20 or more points.  She recorded six double-doubles for the month.

On June 12, Wilson scored a career-high 35 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in 40 minutes in a 101-92 overtime road win against the Indiana Fever.  She became the second rookie ever to have at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game, joining Candace Parker (2008).

Wilson’s other highlights in June included:

  • June 19 @ Seattle: Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 25 points and six assists in an 89-77 victory over the Storm. (watch video highlights)
  • June 27 vs. Dallas: Finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a 97-91 loss to the Wings. (watch video highlights)
  • June 29 vs. Los Angeles: Posted 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 94-78 win over the Sparks. (watch video highlights)

Overall this season, Wilson is fifth in the WNBA in scoring (20.1 ppg), third in rebounding (8.8 rpg), eighth in blocked shots (1.39 bpg), and 12th in minutes played (31.0 mpg).

Among rookies, Wilson is first in scoring, first in rebounding, second in assists, second in field goal percentage, fifth in steals, first in blocked shots and first in minutes played.

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