A’ja Wilson

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 1.95 m / 88 kg
Born Aug 8, 1996
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Las Vegas Aces 2019 - present
Shaanxi Red Wolvess 2018 - 2019

Player Profile and Personal Life

A’ja Wilson is an American professional women’s basketball player from South Carolina. Basketball is in her blood, as her father and brother played the sport professionally. Her high school was in Heathwood Hall Episcopal, while she attended college at the University of South Carolina. She’s a basketball player, a businesswoman, and a philanthropist.

She created Burnt Wax Candle Company and the A’ja Wilson Foundation. Wilson is also a member of the social justice council of the WNBA. Together with Napheesa Collier, she hosts a podcast. Her sponsors are Mountain Dew and Nike. She was included in Forbes’ 2021 30 Under 30 List.

Career

Wilson’s basketball career started in high school. She led her school to the 2014 state championship. With an average of 35 points, five blocks, and 15 rebounds per game during her senior year, she was named the National High School player in 2014.

She was also the #1 rated ESPN HoopGurlz prospect and a Parade and McDonald’s All-American. She played for the University of South Carolina under Coach Dawn Staley. Wilson proceeded to win many awards during her college career, including an SEC Player of the Year award.

Wilson’s professional career began when she was drafted in 2018. She debuted on May 20, 2018, scoring 14 points and making 10 rebounds against the Connecticut Sun. She had a successful season in her first, later being named the WNBA Rookie of the Year. However, she missed the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game due to an ankle injury.

Wilson came back to the court in mid-August and immediately showed her game. However, the Las Vegas Aces would lose to Washington Mystics in the semi-finals. The Aces were once again contenders in the 2020 season. She carried the team until the semi-finals, where the Connecticut Sun defeated them. Although the Aces didn’t make it, Wilson took home that season’s WNBA MVP award.

Aside from playing in the WNBA, Wilson played with the Shaanxi Red Wolves during the 2018-2019 of-season. They were a team in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association.

Career Highlights

  • 2021 – All-WNBA Second Team
  • 2018, 2019, 2021 – 3x WNBA All-Star
  • 2020 – WNBA MVP
  • 2020 – All-WNBA First Team
  • 2020 – WNBA All-Defensive SecondTeam
  • 2020 – WNBA Blocks Leader

Medals, Representing United States

Olympics

  • Gold - 2020 Tokyo

World Cup

  • Gold - 2018 Spain

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