Just call her the queen of the rookies.
Former South Carolina women’s basketball star Allisha Gray took home the Kids Choice Sports Award for Favorite Newcomer on Friday, topping MLB Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard and former Clemson superstar Deshaun Watson, among others.
The award went to Gray, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, in a ceremony televised on Nickelodeon, but she was not on hand to accept it — her team, the Dallas Wings, played the Chicago Sky that night.
After being named the WNBA’s top rookie in 2017, Gray has seen most of her stats slip slightly in her sophomore campaign, with 9.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game on 40.2 percent shooting. She is third on the Wings in scoring and assists and, along with fellow former USC player and teammate Kaela Davis, appears playoff-bound for the second consecutive season — Dallas is currently in fourth place.
GAMECOCKS IN THE WNBA
Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings) — 24 games, 24 starts, 26.1 minutes per game, 9.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals per game
Kaela Davis (Dallas Wings) — 22 games, 4 starts, 16.1 minutes per game, 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game
Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever) — 24 games, 20 starts, 26.2 minutes per game, 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals per game
Alaina Coates (Chicago Sky) — 22 games, 9.4 minutes per game, 3.3 points, 2.6 rebounds per game, 59.2 percent field goal percentage
A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) — 24 games, 24 starts, 30.8 minutes per game, 19.8 points. 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks per game