Aces select A'ja Wilson with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft

Aces select A'ja Wilson with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft

Canadian guard Kia Nurse, who played collegiately at the University of CT, was selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 2018 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty Thursday night. SC now has seven first-round picks all-time with Mitchell (No. 9, Indiana), Jocelyn Penn (2003, No. 9, Charlotte) and Shaunzinski Gortman (2002, No. 9, Charlotte) rounding out the group.

In a draft brimming with talent to the point that teams have had their eye on this class for at least two or three seasons, Wallace joined a number of potentially game-changing players in hearing their name called on a night that instantly changed the potential career path of 36 of the world's finest young basketball players.

Mitchell, who scored 3,042 career points at Ohio State - the second most in NCAA women's basketball history - will give a boost to an in team was second-worst in offense last season at 75.1 points per game, according to ESPN.

Former New York Liberty and Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer has taken over the Aces as coach and general manager, and praised Wilson's skills as being pro-ready.

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South Carolina's A'ja Wilson is congratulated by family after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA basketball draft, Thursday, April 12, 2018, in NY. She led the league in rebounding at 10.7 per game and she was fifth in scoring at 18.5. However, the Dream have qualified for the playoffs seven of its nine years in Atlanta and reached the WNBA Finals three times. She played at Brownsburg.

And then it will really be time to go to work. She's played professionally in Russian Federation for four years with WNBA stars Nneka Ogwumike, Epiphanny Prince and Angel McCoughtry.

"I think she will be good on Day One", Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff told WCPO earlier this week.

"This is actually my dress for the draft", she said when she came back on the line. "That's who I am", Stocks said.

Kristy Wallace officially has her WNBA home.

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