South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson added yet another incredible achievement to her storied basketball career, becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA draft Thursday night after being selected by the Las Vegas Aces.

 

Wilson, the unanimous player of the year, averaged 22.6 points (which ranked seventh nationally) and 11.8 rebounds per game (11th nationally) for the Gamecocks, while becoming the first three-time SEC Player of the Year. As a junior in 2017, the 6-5 Wilson led South Carolina to the national championship while being named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

The Hopkins, S.C., native holds countless single game, season, and career records for the Gamecocks and she finished her collegiate playing career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,389 points. In January, she became the second-ever Gamecock to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Wilson arrived in Columbia, S.C., as an immediate impact player, averaging 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman who appeared in every game but one off the bench. Each year her scoring average increased and she became a regular starter by her sophomore season.

Now, the South Carolina great will help usher in a new era in the WNBA as the Las Vegas Aces relocate from San Antonio, where the franchise was most recently named the Stars.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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