A'ja Riyadh Wilson was born on August 8,1996 and is an American professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association.
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A'ja Wilson swept all National Player of the Year awards as the best player in Women's College basketball for 2018.
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A'ja Wilson won her first WNBA MVP in 2020, as well as her first Olympic Gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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In 2022, A'ja Wilson helped lead the Aces to their first title in franchise history.
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A'ja Wilson's mother had a court stenographer business while her father played basketball professionally in Europe for 10 seasons.
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A'ja Wilson spent her grade school and high school years as one of the few black students in Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, a southern Columbia private school.
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A'ja Wilson grew up in a Christian family and her grandfather was a minister.
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A'ja Wilson represented the Gamecocks as a forward in basketball.
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In 2019, A'ja Wilson played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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A'ja Wilson is part of the WNBA's social justice council and hosts a podcast with Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier.
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A'ja Wilson played a total of 119 games after making the varsity as an eighth-grader.
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A'ja Wilson committed to play for Dawn Staley at the University of South Carolina.
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A'ja Wilson played in 37 games her freshman year, leading to four single-game freshman records in the SEC and three single-season freshman records in the SEC, and won the SEC Freshman of the year award.
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In 2016 as a sophomore, A'ja Wilson would win her first SEC Player of the year award and was a consensus All-American, A'ja Wilson led the Gamecocks to a SEC regular season and Tournament Championship.
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In 2017, A'ja Wilson led the Gamecocks to a SEC regular season and Tournament championship, and went on to win the school's first National Championship with a stirring victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the championship game.
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A'ja Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
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In 2018, A'ja Wilson had her best season statistically, and won all of the National player of the year awards.
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A'ja Wilson won a record 3rd straight SEC Player of the Year award, and was a Consensus All-American for the third straight year.
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A'ja Wilson finished her college career at South Carolina as the all-time leading scorer for the school.
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On January 18,2021, as part of the university's observance of Martin Luther King Day, a statue of A'ja Wilson was dedicated near the main entrance to Carolina's basketball home of Colonial Life Arena.
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In July, A'ja Wilson suffered an ankle injury that kept her out for 4 weeks, causing her to miss the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game.
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A'ja Wilson helped propel the Aces to their second finals appearance in three seasons, where they would defeat the Connecticut Sun in four games, giving A'ja Wilson her first championship.
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