A'ja Wilson named ESPN's Women's Basketball Player of the Year
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – South Carolina senior forward A’ja Wilson has been named the espnW Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the organization announced Sunday.
This is Wilson’s second Player of the Year award, as she won the USA Today Sport’s Player award last week.
Wilson also becomes the Southeastern Conference’s first three-time Player of the Year. She’s also the first South Carolina player to be a four-time All-American and SEC First-Team selection.
The SEC’s leading scorer, Wilson is eighth in the nation with 22.6 points per game, which includes 21.3 points per game in 13 games against ranked opponents this season. She has scored in double figures in 28 of her 29 games this season, highlighted by 18 20-point outings. She is 11th in the country in rebounding at 11.8 per game and comes in fifth in blocks per game (3.2, 5th). Wilson is the only player in the nation to rank among the top 40 of all three categories.
Wilson is the Gamecocks’ all-time leading scorer and completed her career undefeated in the SEC Tournament as South Carolina became the first program to win four consecutive titles at the event. She was named SEC Tournament MVP for the second time in as many seasons, averaging 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in just 26.3 minutes per game off the bench for South Carolina after spending the week prior to the tournament out of action due to vertigo.
The Gamecocks now await their seeding in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The bracket for that event will be released on Mon., March 12.