A’ja Wilson

  • Forward
  • 6-3
  • 175 lbs
  • Heathwood Hall High School 2014
  • Hopkins, South Carolina
  • Twitter: @_ajawilson22
  • Instagram: @ajawilson22

USA Basketball Notes

Gold Medals: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Honors: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Most Valuable Player.

  • Member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that posted a 5-0 record, won the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
  • Notched MVP honors after finishing with a tournament-leading average of 19.0 points per game and recording a team second-best average of 8.4 rebounds per game. Blocked a tournament-high 10 shots, while also contributing with four assists and four steals. Had the highest field goal shooting percentage with 76.5 in the tournament, including a 91 percent from the field performance against Argentina on 08/09/10. Tied the USA U18 single-game record of 11 free throws attempted on 08/10/14 after it was set by teammate Brianna Turner on 08/08/10
  • Member of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that posted a perfect 9-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania.
  • Aided the USA U19 squad to a 3-0 exhibition record against U19 teams from Australia, Canada and Spain in the Canary Islands.

College Notes

  • Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and compete for University of South Carolina.

High School Honors

  • Naismith, Parade Magazine and WBCA 2014 National High School Player of the Year.
  • 2014 Gatorade High School South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
  • 2014 MaxPreps Player of the Year.
  • 2014 High School Sports Report Miss Basketball.
  • 2014 Parade Magazine High School All-America Team.
  • 2014 WBCA High School All-American.
  • Member of the 2014 McDonald’s High School All-American Game East Team that defeated the West 80-78 on April 4 in Chicago; started and posted 10 points, nine boards, one assist, four blocked shots and three steals.
  • 2014 USA Today South Carolina Player of the Year and All-South Carolina first team.
  • 2012 and 2013 South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Player of the Year .
  • 2014 SCISA Class 3A All-Tournament Team.
  • 2014 SCISA Regional Player of the Year.
  • 2012 and 2013 South Carolina Co-Miss Basketball.
  • 2013 South Carolina Female Prep Athlete of the Year.
  • 2012 SCISA All-Star.
  • Five-time SCISA All-State (2010-14).
  • 2012, 2013 and 2014 all-conference.
  • 2012 all-state and all-region in volleyball.

High School Notes

  • Attends Heathwood Hall High School (S.C.) where as a senior in 2013-14, averaged 34.4 ppg. and 13.9 rpg. en route to leading the Highlanders to a regional title, the SCISA Class 3A state crown and a 27-2 record.
  • As a junior in 2012-13, helped Heathwood Hall to a 27-7 record, the regional championship and state runner-up finish; started all 27 games and averaged 22.0 ppg., 15.0 rpg., 3.0 apg., 5.0 spg. and 3.0 bpg.
  • As a sophomore in 2011-12, Heathwood Hall advanced to the SCISA semifinals.
  • Also competed in track and field (2011-12), volleyball (2011-12) and soccer (2010-11) and broke her high school’s 100-meter record.
  • Had thought about playing volleyball in college.

Personal Notes

  • Born A’Ja Riyadh Wilson on Aug. 8, 1996, in Columbia, S.C.
  • Daughter of Eva Rakes Wilson and Roscoe C. Wilson Jr., has one older brother, Renaldo (29).
  • Father played basketball at Benedict College (S.C.) and professionally for 10 years in Europe.
  • Started playing basketball when she was 11.
  • Boasts a 3.0 GPA and is an Urban League Scholar.

Inside Scoop

  • Most memorable moments from the 2012 Olympics were watching the USA men’s and women’s basketball teams. Was also amazed by the swimming and gymnastic performances. She most remembers the work ethic of the USA Basketball athletes and the teams winning gold.
  • Plans on majoring in psychology.
  • If she could drive anything, it would be: a marble Range Rover.
  • Currently drives: a Jeep Wrangler Sport.
  • Favorite Twitter account to follow: @BlakeGriffin32.
  • Favorite superhero: Superman.
  • Top five movies of all time: The Great Gatsby, all the Paranormal Activity movies, all the Hangover movies, The Core and The Princess and the Frog.
  • Favorite non-sports site: Pinterest.
  • Favorite sports sites: NBAStore.com and ESPN.com.
  • Must-have pregame meal or snack: sour gummy worms, Rice Krispies, water and fruit.
  • Perfers Scrabble over Words with Friends.
  • Favorite app: Snapchat.
  • Favorite sports other than basketball: volleyball, lacrosse, bowling.
  • Favorite class: psychology.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Dr. J.
  • Favorite basketball team: Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Candace Parker.
  • Most played song on her iPod: FM$ by New Boyz.
  • Best player ever faced: Breanna Stewart.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Candace Parker, “she’s my idol.”
  • Compares her game to: Candace Parker.
  • This left-hander wears No. 22 because: No. 23 was too mainstream.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: chilling with friends and family, and laughing.
  • Most people don’t know: she loves cartoons.
  • In addition to the Canary Islands and Lithuania in 2013 with the USA U19 World Championship Team, has traveled outside of the United States to the Cayman Islands.

 

USA Basketball Statistics:
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013 U19
9/0
40- 74
.541
0- 0
.---
18- 24
.750
71/ 7.9
98/ 10.9
5
15
9
2013 U19X
3/0
11- 23
.478
0- 0
.---
3- 7
.429
22/ 7.3
25/ 8.3
0
2
2
Totals
12/0
51- 97
.526
0- 0
.---
21- 31
.677
93/ 7.8
123/ 10.3
5
17
11