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A'ja Wilson
A'ja  Wilson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hopkins, S.C.

High School:
Heathwood Hall

Height:
6-5

Position:
F

Major:
Mass Communications

11/30/2017

South Carolina WBB vs. Western Carolina (USATSI)

The Gamecocks play host to the Catamounts in non-conference action.

04/02/2017

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Mississippi State

Photos from the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship - Sunday 04/02/17

03/31/2017

USATSI Gallery - WBB Final Four - No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Stanford

USATSI Gallery - WBB Final Four - No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Stanford

03/27/2017

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 3 Florida State

Photos from Women's Basketball vs. No. 3 Florida State in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship - Monday 03/27/17

03/25/2017

South Carolina 100, Quinnipiac 58

Photos from No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 12 Quinnipiac in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2017.


AWARDS
Junior Year (2016-17)
Naismith Award Finalist
Wooden Award Finalist
Wade Trophy Finalist
All-America First Team (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Wooden Award)
SEC Player of the Year (Coaches, AP)
All-SEC First Team (Coaches, AP)
SEC All-Defensive Team
NCAA Final Four MOP
NCAA Stockton Region All-Tournament Team
SEC Tournament MVP
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
SEC Player of the Week (Mar. 2)
SEC Women's Basketball Leadership Council Representative

Sophomore Year (2015-16)
Naismith Award Finalist
Wooden Award Finalist
Wade Trophy Finalist
All-America First Team (AP, WBCA, USBWA, ESPN, Wooden Award)
SEC Player of the Year (Coaches, AP)
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
All-SEC First Team (Coaches, AP)
SEC All-Defensive Team
SEC All-Tournament Team
Four-Time SEC Player of the Week
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

Freshman Year (2014-15)
All-America Third Team (AP)
All-America Honorable Mention (WBCA)
SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches, AP)
All-SEC First Team (Coaches, AP)
SEC All-Freshman Team
USBWA National Freshman of the Week (Dec. 1-7)
Five-time SEC Freshman of the Week

High School
2014 National High School Player of the Year (WBCA, Naismith, Parade)
McDonald's All-America (2013-14)
Parade All-America (2013-14)
Three-time South Carolina Independent Schools Association Player of the Year

International
2017 USA Basketball U23 National Team
2015 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, MVP
2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, gold medal
2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship MVP
2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, gold medal
2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, gold medal


IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Career
1st -- Blocked shots in a career (258)
4th -- Defensive rebounds in a career (545)
5th -- Free throws made in a career (411)
6th -- Free throw attempts in a career (581)
6th -- Double-doubles in a career (30)
8th -- Offensive rebounds in a career (259)
9th -- Points in a career (1,642)
1st -- Blocked shots in an SEC career (116)
2nd -- Double-doubles in an SEC career (12)
2nd -- 20-point games in an SEC career (14)
2nd -- Defensive rebounds in an SEC career (250)
4th -- Points in an SEC career (733)
4th -- Rebounds in an SEC career (374)
Most points in an NCAA Tournament career (215)
Most free throws made in an NCAA Tournament career (61)
Most free throw attempts in an NCAA Tournament career (80)
Most blocked shots in an NCAA Tournament career (32)
Most points in an SEC Tournament career (130)
Most field goals made in an SEC Tournament career (47)
Most free throws made in an SEC Tournament career (36)
Most free throw attempts in an SEC Tournament career (46)
Most defensive rebounds in an SEC Tournament career (52)
Most blocked shots in an SEC Tournament career (34)

Season
1st -- Free throws made in a season (160 in 2016-17)
1st -- Blocked shots in a season (103 in 2015-16)
1st -- Blocked shots average in a season (3.1 in 2015-16)
1st -- Games played in a season (37 in 2014-15)
2nd -- Blocked shots in a season (90 in 2016-17)
2nd -- Blocked shots average in a season (2.6 in 2016-17)
4th -- Field goal percentage in a season (.588 (233-396) in 2016-17)
4th -- Free throw attempts in a season (217 in 2016-17)
5th -- Blocked shots in a season (65 in 2014-15)
5th -- Defensive rebounds in a season (199 in 2015-16)
9th -- Points in a season (626 in 2016-17)
9th -- Free throws made in a season (131 in 2014-15)
1st -- Field goal percentage in an SEC season (.635 (99-156) in 2016-17)
1st -- Blocked shots in an SEC season (52 in 2015-16)
1st -- Blocked shots average in an SEC season (3.3 in 2015-16)
3rd -- Blocked shots average in an SEC season (2.2 in 2016-17)
4th -- Rebounds in an SEC season (136 in 2015-16)
4th -- Points in an SEC season (260 in 2015-16)
4th -- Blocked shots in an SEC season (32 in 2014-15)
5th -- Defensive rebounds in an SEC season (93 in 2015-16)
4th -- 20-point games in an SEC season (7 in 2016-17)
5th -- Points in an SEC season (255 in 2016-17)
5th -- Blocked shots in an SEC season (31 in 2016-17)
Most free throws made by a freshman (131 in 2014-15)
Most free throws made by a junior (160 in 2016-17)
Most free throw attempts by a freshman (198 in 2014-15)
Most games played by a freshman (37 in 2014-15)
Most defensive rebounds by a sophomore (199 in 2015-16)
Most blocked shots by a sophomore (103 in 2015-16)
Most blocked shots by a junior (90 in 2016-17)
Most points in a single NCAA Tournament (115 in 2017)
Most rebounds in a single NCAA Tournament (53 in 2017)
Most offensive rebounds in a single NCAA Tournament (33 in 2017)
Most free throws made in a single NCAA Tournament (33 in 2017)
Most free throw attempts in a single NCAA Tournament (41 in 2017)
Most blocked shots in a single NCAA Tournament (16 in 2017)
Most points in a single SEC Tournament (59 in 2017)
Most free throws made in a single SEC Tournament (19 in 2017)
Most free throw attempts in a single SEC Tournament (25 in 2017)
Most defensive rebounds in a single SEC Tournament (33 in 2016)
Most blocked shots in a single SEC Tournament (16 in 2017)

Game
1st -- Free throw percentage in a game (1.000 (14-14) vs. Hampton, 11/20/16)
2nd -- Blocked shots in a game (8 vs. Texas A&M, 1/17/16; 8 at Kentucky, 1/14/16)
3rd -- Free throws made in a game (14 vs. Hampton, 11/20/16)
5th -- Blocked shots in a game (7 vs. Georgia, 3/3/17)
1st -- Blocked shots in an SEC game (8 vs. Texas A&M, 1/17/16; 8 at Kentucky, 1/14/16)
2nd -- Rebounds in an SEC game (19 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
3rd -- Defensive rebounds in an SEC game (14 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
4th -- Blocked shots in an SEC game (6 vs. Missouri, 1/10/16/; 6 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
Most rebounds by a freshman (19 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
Most free throw attempts by a freshman (15 vs. LSU, 2/12/15)
Best free throw percentage by a freshman (1.000 (5-5) vs. Mississippi State, 2/26/15))
Most rebounds by a freshman (19 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
Most defensive rebounds by a freshman (14 at Kentucky, 3/1/15)
Most free throws made in a game at Colonial Life Arena (14 vs. Hampton, 11/20/16)
Most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game (19 vs. Stanford, 3/31/17)
Best free throw percentage in an NCAA Tournament game (1.000 (10-10) vs. Quinnipiac, 3/25/17)
Most blocked shots in an SEC Tournament game (7 vs. Georgia, 3/3/17)


JUNIOR YEAR (2016-17)
  • Unanimous All-America selection and finalist for the three primary national player of the year awards
  • Repeated as SEC Player of the Year from the league's coaches and the AP
  • Named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and SEC Tournament MVP, leading team to both championships
  • Selected as a team captain
  • Ranks 14th in the nation in field goal percentage and 19th in blocks, ranking third and first in the SEC, respectively
  • Among league top 10 in scoring (2nd) and rebounding (8th) ... in conference play, was second in blocked shots (2.2) and ranked in the top 10 in scoring (4th, 18.2) and rebounding (7th, 8.5)
  • Was the team's top scorer 20 times in her 35 games, scoring in double figures 31 times on the season
  • Led team with 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game the NCAA Tournament, shooting 59.4 percent from the field at the event to power team to program's first national championship
  • Averaged 21.3 points on 63.2 percent shooting (48-of-76) to go with 9.7 rebounds per game from Feb. 19 - March 5 to help secure Carolina's fourth-straight SEC regular-season title and third-straight league tournament championship
  • Balanced scoring in each half of the national title game against #7/7 Mississippi State (Apr. 2), dominating the second and fourth quarters en route to a team-high 23 points to close out her 11th double-double of the season
  • Was the Gamecocks' rebounding presence in the first half of the national semifinal against #6/6 Stanford (Mar. 31) and finished with a career-high tying 19 boards in the game, including eight in the third quarter as the Gamecocks erased a nine-point halftime deficit ... scored five points of a 7-0 fourth-quarter run after the Cardinal closed within three
  • Protected the rim down the stretch in the NCAA Elite Eight against #10/13 Florida State (Mar. 25) with two blocks over the final 26 seconds to deny a late Seminole rally ... finished with four blocks and scored 16 points in just 21 minutes of action after dealing with foul trouble throughout the night
  • Produced from the line against Quinnipiac (Mar. 25) in the NCAA Sweet 16, converting each of her 10 free throw attempts over the opening two periods on the way to 16 first-half points ... finished with 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting and totaled three steals, including back-to-back thefts that helped stretch the lead to 20 midway through the second period
  • Delivered the game-winning bucket in the NCAA Tournament second-round against Arizona State (Mar. 19) after following her own shot to put Carolina up 69-68 with 48 seconds to play ... knocked in two free throws with 15 seconds left to stretch the lead to 71-68 and finish 7-of-7 from the charity stripe ... posted a double-double that was highlighted by a game-high 21 points
  • Tallied 12-first half points in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against UNC Asheville (Mar. 17), including six during Carolina's 12-0 run to close the second quarter
  • Capped off a dominant showing at the SEC Tournament with seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the fourth quarter to rally the Gamecocks in the title game against #6/7 Mississippi State (Mar. 5) ... finished with 15 points and added four blocks, all coming in the second half
  • Scored consistently against #20/24 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament semifinals (Mar. 4) to finish with a game-high 26 points ... totaled 12 first-quarter points and went 8-of-11 from the line, with each free throw attempt coming in the second half
  • Propelled the Gamecocks on both ends of the floor in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals against Georgia (March 3) with game highs in blocks (7) and points (18) ... scored 12 of her 18 points in the first half, and her seven blocks were the most by a Gamecock in the SEC Tournament
  • Thrived in the paint against #22/- Kentucky (Feb. 26) to notch her second-straight double-double after finishing with team highs in points (25) and boards (10) ... went 4-of-4 in the final period to deny a Kentucky comeback
  • Set the tone early at Texas A&M (Feb. 23) that team would control the paint even without the injured Alaina Coates, posting a double-double (12 pts/10 rebs) in the opening 20 minutes ... finished with a season-high 15 boards
  • Scored Carolina's final nine points at Missouri (Feb. 19) to keep Gamecocks in it down the stretch ... finished with a team-high 23 points on 9-of-11 (.818) shooting
  • Active on the defensive end against Vanderbilt (Feb. 16) with a career-best five steals, four of which yielded points
  • Paced Carolina's offense early at #1/1 UConn (Feb. 13), reaching double figures less than 11 minutes into the game ... protected the rim with three blocks to help hold Huskies to a season-low 66 points
  • Scored nine of her game-high 17 points against Auburn (Feb. 9) in the third quarter and finished 8-of-11 from the field
  • Set the tone down low at #25/- Kentucky (Feb. 2) with nine points and five boards in the first quarter
  • Efficient in her foul-plagued 22 minutes against Tennessee (Jan. 30), hitting 7-of-10 from the field
  • Netted 13 of her 19 points at Georgia (Jan. 26) in the second half ... converted a layup with 7:35 left to spark Carolina's game-changing 18-5 fourth-quarter run that turned a four-point lead into a 17-point cushion late in the contest
  • Had her way inside early against #4/4 Mississippi State (Jan. 23) with 16 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting ... in second half, knocked down a tough turnaround jumper to extend lead late before converting two free throws to again push the advantage to three with two seconds to play
  • Dominated second quarter at Florida (Jan. 8) with eight points and six boards during 17-0 run that delivered the win
  • Provided the offense for the Gamecocks in the early going against Alabama (Jan. 1), netting seven first-quarter points before scoring Carolina's first six points of the second period
  • Posted an efficient shooting performance at Savannah State (Dec. 21), going 8-of-10 from the floor to reach double figures by the half and finish with a game-high 18 points
  • Grabbed 11 of her 13 rebounds against #9/9 UCLA (Dec. 18) in the second half with eight of those coming in the fourth quarter to keep the Bruins at bay
  • Scored eight of the team's 16 points in the second quarter against Clemson (Dec. 15) to help build a 10-point halftime lead
  • Scored nine of her team-high 18 points in the first six minutes at Duke (Dec. 4) as Gamecocks built quick 16-5 lead
  • Dominant performance at #14/15 Texas (Dec. 1), delivering on both ends of the court with a career-high 31 points with nine in the fourth quarter, including two crucial putbacks that stifled any chance of a Longhorn comeback
  • Scored 11 of her team-high 17 points against #4/4 Louisville (Nov. 27) in first half to help build eight-point halftime lead ... also handed out career-best five assists
  • Added two blocked shots to her 14 points against Saint Peter's (Nov. 22) to break the school record for career blocked shots



SOPHOMORE YEAR (2015-16)
  • Consensus All-America selection and finalist for the three national player of the year awards
  • Second player in league history to earn SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season
  • Ranked 12th in the nation in blocked shots (3.12) and 38th in field goal percentage (.531), leading the SEC in both categories
  • Was also among SEC's top five scorers (5th, 16.1 pgg) and rebounders (4th, 8.7 rpg) and ranked 10th in free throw percentage (.723)
  • In SEC play, was second in scoring (16.3 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.5), leading the league in field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots (3.3)
  • Team's top scorer 15 times -- Ohio St., UNCG, vs. Arizona St., vs. CSUB, at Hawaii, Duke, at Ky., Texas A&M, Ole Miss, at Texas A&M, UConn, at Tenn., at Ala., at Ole Miss, vs. Miss. St.
  • Team's top rebounder 14 times -- Ohio St., vs. Arizona St., vs. CSUB, at Hawaii, Duke, Elon, Ark., at Ky., at Miss. St., at Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, vs. Miss. St., Jacksonville
  • Turned in a complete game in NCAA Sweet 16 against Syracuse (Mar. 25), contributing in assists, blocks and steals in addition to her double-double ... posted nine of her 15 points and six of her 10 rebounds in the first half to help Gamecocks build double-digit lead
  • Became the second player in program history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore during the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State (Mar. 20)
  • Provided consistent scoring in the early going in NCAA Tournament opener against Jacksonville (Mar. 18), racking up 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half
  • Shot 11-of-12 from the free throw line and nearly averaged a double-double (15.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) at the SEC Tournament
  • Led team in points (19) and rebounds (13) in the championship of the SEC Tournament against #16/16 Mississippi State (Mar. 6), falling just short of a first-half double-double with nine points and 10 boards in the opening 20 minutes
  • Helped South Carolina build an early double-digit advantage in the SEC Tournament semifinals (March 5) against #13/13 Kentucky with eight first-quarter points ... finished the contest 8-of-12 from the field
  • Stopped an early second-quarter surge by LSU (Feb. 28) that cut the Gamecocks' lead to three by scoring five straight points and forcing a turnover to launch a 22-7 run
  • Posted team's best perfect shooting night of the season (8-8) at Ole Miss (Feb. 25), netting eight points in game-changing 16-3 run to close the second quarter
  • Scored six of South Carolina's 14 first-quarter points at Alabama (Feb. 22) and finished with a team-best 16 points to record her 11th double-double of the season
  • Provided the team's most consistent offense at #24/- Tennessee (Feb. 15), tallying 11 of the team's 24 first-half points and added six of the second half's first eight points to keep Lady Vols within reach
  • Played just 23 minutes against #1/1 UConn (Feb. 8) due to injury, but tied for team-high honors with 13 points, including 4-of-4 shooting in first half
  • Carried offense early at #10/10 Texas A&M (Jan. 31), scoring 17 of team's 25 first-half points and all eight of its second-quarter points, adding a putback and key defensive boards late in the game
  • Scored game's first six points and seven of first 11 of second half against Ole Miss (Jan. 28)
  • Overcame tough shooting night at #10/10 Mississippi State (Jan. 24) to record two of her four blocks and two of her 11 rebounds in the final 2:08, including one of each in the final 13 seconds
  • Delivered second-straight 26-point, eight-block game, adding eight rebounds against #15/11 Texas A&M (Jan. 17), scoring team's first six points of second half to reclaim lead and adding five during 1:12 span of fourth quarter
  • Powered win at #9/9 Kentucky (Jan. 14) with six of her career-high eight blocks coming in second half, along with 15 of her game-high 26 points, including eight in 15-2 fourth-quarter run
  • Nearly got double-double in first half vs. #20/- Missouri (Jan. 10) to go with six blocks
  • Scored career-high 28 points against #14/13 Duke (Dec. 6), including 20 in the second half and 12 of the team's 16 in the third quarter
  • Named MVP of Rainbow Wahine Showdown, averaging 20.7 points on 65.0 percent shooting (26-of-40), 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, helping her to SEC co-Player of the Week honors as well (Nov. 24-30)
  • Tallied 26 points against CSUB (Nov. 28), including 16 in second half to break open eight-point game at halftime
  • Grabbed three of her fourth-quarter rebounds, including two offensive, in the final seven seconds of tie game, getting fouled on the final one and hitting two free throws with 0.6 seconds to deliver the win over #16/18 Arizona State (Nov. 27)
  • Hit from the left block to launch a 10-4 run that broke a 58-58 tie with 3:50 left to play and put the Gamecocks up for good at UCLA (Nov. 22)
  • Tied her career high with six blocks against UNCG (Nov. 15), while posting her second double-double in as many games (19 pts/10 rebs)
  • Scored 12 of her team-high 20 points against #6/10 Ohio State (Nov. 13) in the fourth quarter, including six of the team's 10 points in the final 2:35 to deliver the win



FRESHMAN YEAR (2014-15)
  • Earned Third-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, the first Gamecock freshman to capture the honor
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches, AP) and a First-Team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches
  • Played in every game with one start (Southern Cal)
  • Ranked 12th in the league in points (13.1) and rebounds (6.6) -- only freshman among league's top 20 in both categories -- coming in second in blocks (1.8)
  • Recorded five double-doubles
  • Scored in double figures 29 times with five 20-point games
  • Led the team in scoring 15 times -- Clemson, vs. Wisconsin, NCCU, Charlotte, Savannah State, vs. Liberty, Auburn, at LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt, at Kentucky, Savannah State (NCAA), vs. Notre Dame (NCAA)
  • Was the team's top rebounder nine times -- San Diego State, vs. Syracuse, NCCU, vs. Liberty, at LSU, at Alabama, Mississippi State, at Kentucky, Savannah State (NCAA)
  • Posted three rebounds, two points and blocked the first potential game-winning shot in the final 3:45 of the national semifinal against #2/2 Notre Dame (Apr. 5)
  • Scored eight straight points during late first-half run against #7/7 Florida State, helping cut a nine-point deficit to three at halftime
  • Averaged 3.0 blocks in the SEC Tournament (3 games), including four against Arkansas (Mar. 6) in quarterfinals
  • Repeatedly turned away #5/5 Tennessee (Mar. 8) in the SEC Tournament championship, scoring the last four points of the first half as Gamecocks rallied for a three-point halftime lead, then scored four straight points after Lady Vols got within three midway through the second half
  • Dominated at #13/15 Kentucky (Mar. 1) for fifth double-double of the season -- grabbed school freshman-record 19 rebounds and posted six blocks, a Gamecocks freshman record in an SEC game
  • Became first freshman in Gamecock history to post back-to-back 20-point games in SEC play with 20 points against Vanderbilt (Feb. 15), including seven during a 9-0 run that built a double-digit lead late in the first half
  • Overpowered LSU (Feb. 12) with career-high 26 points in 25 minutes, including eight points of the Gamecocks' 16-4 run that broke open the game midway through the first half
  • Picked up fourth SEC Freshman of the Week award after averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in wins over Texas A&M, Alabama and Ole Miss
  • Scored six points during Gamecocks' 12-2 first-half run against Central Michigan (Dec. 20) that turned a five-point lead into a 15-point advantage
  • Captured SEC and USBWA National Freshman of the Week honors after leading team to three wins (Dec. 1-7)
  • Capped the team's comeback from four points down in the final 42 seconds at #9/8 Duke (Dec. 7) with a game-winning putback with two seconds left ... three of her four made field goals gave team the lead at different points of the second half
  • Earned SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 24-30) and Junkanoo Jam Lucaya Division MVP honors after averaging 13.0 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds over the two games at the event
  • Recorded first career double-double against No. 22/22 Syracuse (Nov. 28), including critical play in final two minutes after Gamecocks had taken a narrow lead, recording a blocked shot, a putback and a steal



HIGH SCHOOL
  • Tabbed WBCA, Naismith and Parade Magazine Player of the Year as a senior (2013-14)
  • Rated No. 1 recruit in the nation by espnW HoopGurlz (Class of 2014)
  • Named 2014 McDonald's All-American and South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (2013-14)
  • Earned state player of the year honors from South Carolina independent School Association (SCISA) the last three years of her career (2012-14)
  • Guided Heathwood to 2014 state championship in 2013-14, erasing the runner-up finish of her junior year
  • Averaged 34.4 points 13.9 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a senior, shooting 57 percent in 2013-14
  • Was a five-time South Carolina Independent School Association All-State selection (2010-14)
  • Played four seasons for Coach John O'Cain's Highlanders
  • Also earned all-state and all-region honors in volleyball in 2012
  • Powered United States to gold medal in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, earning tournament MVP honors behind 19.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game
  • Helped U.S. to gold medal in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship



PERSONAL
  • Daughter of Eva and Roscoe Wilson, Jr., has an older brother, Renaldo
  • Father played basketball professionally in Europe for 10 seasons
  • Majoring in mass communications


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