The Las Vegas Aces took A’Ja Wilson with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. This was an expected occurrence.
Wilson was the consensus No. 1 pick heading into the draft process out of South Carolina. She averaged 22.6 points per game as a senior, good for sixth in the country. She’s a center/forward who’s built to score and dominate immediately in the WNBA.
The Las Vegas Aces, formerly the San Antonio Stars, weren’t too coy about about their selection. Leading up to the draft, Stars coach Bill Laimbeer didn’t mention her by name, but was sure of his pick:
“We evaluated all the prospects,” Laimbeer said, “and we’ve decided who we’re going to go with.”
And if another team calls him up to try and make a deal on draft night?
“They wouldn’t even bother to call,” he laughs. “They know I wouldn’t trade it.”
Here’s Laimbeer on what Wilson can bring to the league, according to SB Nation:
You don’t get many players that can drive like she can. She can attack the basket with one dribble and cover a tremendous amount of ground. It says something when you have a player who’s relied on to take the ball out of bounds all the time. The trust factor is there to make the right pass. She’s also the player who comes back to get the ball and is the outlet pass to start a press-break because she’s going to make the right decisions. Those are the intangibles you look at for a player.