South Carolina's Wilson earns Wooden Award
4/7/2018 6:51:29 AM EST
South Carolina star A'ja Wilson received the John R. Wooden Award on Friday night for women's player of the year in college basketball.
Wilson beat out a talent-laden group of award finalists that included Asia Durr of Louisville, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon, and Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson of Connecticut. Wilson earned consensus player of the year after sweeping the sport's top honors.
The 6-foot-5 senior forward finished her college career in style as she averaged 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks. She finished with 24 double-doubles and 105 blocks, which broke her own single-season record.
Wilson is a four-time All-American and three-time SEC player of the year. The Gamecocks made a pair of Final Four appearances and won the championship during her junior season. This year, South Carolina reached the Elite Eight before falling short.
The Las Vegas Aces hold the No. 1 pick in the 2018 WNBA draft, which is scheduled for April 12. Wilson is expected to go first overall.
--Field Level Media