A'Ja Wilson was named the 2014 Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year

Two athletes who won gold medals on USA Basketball teams this past summer, Cliff Alexander and A’Ja Wilson, turned in spectacular senior seasons at their respective high schools and were rewarded with the 2014 Naismith National High School Player of the Year Trophy.

Alexander at first was in a state of disbelief.

“It felt pretty good (to hear the news),” he said. “My AD at my school told me yesterday that I won. But, I didn't believe it and then I got on Twitter and saw all the Tweets and other messages.”

“To be nominated for this award was a phenomenal accomplishment, but to actually win the award is truly a blessing,” said Wilson, who won gold as a member of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team. “Having the opportunity to play (on the) U19 USA Basketball (Team) helped me to further recognize that positive leadership and hard work plays a vital part in achieving success. It was one of the best experiences of my life and it enabled me to be around a great group of female athletes and be trained by great coaches both on and off the court.”

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