10 fast facts about A'ja Wilson
A'ja Wilson has narrowed down her finalists to Connecticut, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina, and now the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 will announce her decision live today on the "ESPNU Signing Day Special" (ESPNU/WatchESPN, 3 p.m. ET). Here are 10 fast facts about the 6-foot-5 forward.
1. Wilson averaged 35 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks per game during her senior season at Heathwood Hall (Columbia, S.C.) and led the team to a state championship. She ranks second in school history in career points and first in career rebounds and blocks.
2. She nearly swept the major awards for a high school basketball player. She was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year, Parade Magazine’s Player of the Year and was named a McDonald’s All American.
3. Wilson had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals for the East team in a losing effort at the McDonald’s All American Game earlier this month at the United Center in Chicago. Wilson also competed in the dunk contest against seven of the best high school boys in the country. She was unable to convert a dunk in either of her two 45-second rounds.
4. Wilson was one of only three players from the Class of 2014 to make the USA Basketball U19 world championship team, which recorded a 9-0 record this past summer and won the gold medal in Lithuania. She averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game.
5. Despite an early reluctance to play basketball, Wilson made the varsity team as an eighth-grader at Heathwood Hall and averaged 15.5 points and 14 rebounds per game in her first season.
6. In December, Wilson set the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational single-game scoring record with 56 points. She also broke the four-game records for points (167) and rebounds (83) at the event.
7. A talented all-around athlete, Wilson has been named all-state and all-region in volleyball and once considered playing in college. She also broke her high school’s record in the 100 meters as a member of the track team.
8. Wilson compares her versatile game to Candace Parker's, but also sees similarities to Kevin Durant. However, she models her Twitter game after Blake Griffin.
9. Her father, Roscoe Wilson Jr., played basketball at Benedict College (S.C.) and professionally in Europe for 10 years.
10. The 17-year-old hopes to study sports marketing and psychology at whichever college she decides to attend.