26 Facts About A'ja Wilson


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.


A'ja Wilson swept all National Player of the Year awards as the best player in Women's College basketball for 2018.


A'ja Wilson won her first WNBA MVP in 2020, as well as her first Olympic Gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics.


In 2022, A'ja Wilson helped lead the Aces to their first title in franchise history.


A'ja Wilson's mother had a court stenographer business while her father played basketball professionally in Europe for 10 seasons.


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.


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.


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.


A'ja Wilson is part of the WNBA's social justice council and hosts a podcast with Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier.


A'ja Wilson played a total of 119 games after making the varsity as an eighth-grader.


A'ja Wilson averaged 24.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks a game throughout her high school career.


A'ja Wilson committed to play for Dawn Staley at the University of South Carolina.


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.


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.


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.


A'ja Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.


In 2018, A'ja Wilson had her best season statistically, and won all of the National player of the year awards.


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.


A'ja Wilson finished her college career at South Carolina as the all-time leading scorer for the school.


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.


In 2018, A'ja Wilson was drafted first overall by the Las Vegas Aces.


A'ja Wilson would be voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game.


Later on in the season, A'ja Wilson would be named the WNBA Rookie of the Year.


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.