Aces select South Carolina's Wilson with No. 1 pick in draft

4/13/2018 2:51:20 AM EST

South Carolina standout A'ja Wilson was the No. 1 overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA draft on Thursday night in New York.

Wilson is the reigning player of the year after averaging 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-5 forward also blocked 105 shots and led her team to the Elite Eight one year after winning a national championship as a junior in 2017.

The Aces made Wilson the first South Carolina player in school history to go No. 1 in the WNBA draft. She is the first No. 1 pick from the SEC since Tennessee's Candace Parker earned the top selection in 2008.

The Indiana Fever selected Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell with the second pick. The Chicago Sky had the next two picks and selected guard Diamond DeShields from the Turkish professional league at No. 3 and forward Gabby Williams from Connecticut at No. 4. DeShields played at North Carolina and Tennessee before heading overseas last year.

The Seattle Storm rounded out the top five by selecting guard Jordin Canada from UCLA.

--Field Level Media