NEW YORK – There really was no mystery. The fake draws and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley predicted it.
There were still a few nervous seconds before it was announced.
As expected, Wilson was chosen No. 1 overall during the WNBA Draft on Thursday, sending her to Las Vegas to begin her professional career. The 6-foot-5-inch National Player of the Year, the most decorated athlete in USC history, became the third Gamecock to be selected No. 1, following George Rogers (1981) and Jadeveon Clowney (2014). the NFL.  Wilson will go to training camp on April 29 with pre-season games beginning May 4. The regular season of the Aces begins on May 20 in Connecticut.
Your starting salary will be $ 52,564, equal to the salary of players recruited 2-4. The average WNBA salary is $ 79,235, and the highest salaries are limited to $ 115,500 for players with at least six years of service.
Wilson said last week that he did not know the background of his new coach, Bill Laimbeer, who won back to the NBA championships with the "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons. Laimbeer also coached the Detroit Shock in three WNBA championships and guided the New York Liberty to second place in 2015, training in the same way he played – without apology and harshness.
Laimbeer was enthusiastic about Wilson's game last week, crediting his decision-making along with his stellar talent. "You do not have many players who can drive like her, she can attack the basket with a dribble and cover a lot of ground," he said.
"I think that in general those intangibles can differentiate it from many of the other great players that exist, I think that in our league, most importantly, it will scare many people who watch it because it is able to take the ball to the basket from the way ".
The legendary university and WNBA player Rebecca Lobo also loves what Wilson brings to the league.
"Aja is a unique talent in terms of having the size and skill set he has, he will be even better at playing with physical contact," Lobo said. "She's one of the players you look at and you say:" This is a player who could eventually be an Olympian, eventually being a WNBA star. "
Wilson is on track to graduate from USC in May with a degree in mass communications. She will walk in her graduation ceremony if she can fit it into her schedule.
The beginning is from May 11 to 12. The Aces has a preseason game on May 13.
Wilson thanked his fans once again for always supporting her and vowed to always be loyal to USC. Expect to see many familiar faces when the Aces play their only game in Atlanta on August 7.
And naturally he had a date for his future Las Vegas fans.
"What happens in Sin City, remains in Sin City," he said.
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