A’ja Wilson named Parade Magazine player of the year

From Staff ReportsMarch 14, 2014 

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com Buy Photo

A’ja Wilson of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has been named the Parade Magazine’s 2014 girls basketball player of the year and leads the 58th annual Parade All-America team.

Jahlil Okafor of Whitney M. Young Magnet High in Chicago is the boys’ player of the year.

Wilson, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 35 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals per game and led Heathwood to the SCISA state championship.

She is the No. 1 overall college prospect in the country and will pick betweeen South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and UConn. Wilson can sign a letter of intent as early as April 16, when the late basketball national signing period opens.

Her final game as a high school player will be on April 2 in the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago.

As a member of the 2013 Under-19 national team, she averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds per game on the way to helping earn a gold medal.

South Carolina signee Jatari White is also a member of the Parade girls team.

See Wilson’s story in Parade Magazine in Sunday’s The State and at parade.com/ball

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