South Carolina’s former national player of the year and projected No.1 pick Aliyah Boston declares for WNBA draft just one day after heartbreaking Final Four loss
South Carolina All-American Aliyah Boston is headed to the WNBA.
The Gamecocks’ 6-foot-5 forward made it official Saturday, a day after her team’s bid for a second straight NCAA Tournament title and undefeated season was ended in a 77-73 loss to Iowa in the national semifinals.
Boston has long been considered the No. 1 overall pick if she chose to go pro.
She released a post on social media Saturday, thanking her family, coaches, teammates and South Carolina fans.
‘I have decided to further pursue my dream by declaring for the 2023 WNBA draft,’ she said.
Gamecocks projected No.1 overall pick Aliyah Boston declares for the 2023 WNBA draft
During her college career Boston averaged 14.1 points and 10.8 rebounds through 138 games
Boston, a senior who started for the past four seasons, could have taken an additional year due to COVID-19.
Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley has long recommended Boston go pro, in large part because of the freedom she’d have around the basket due to the WNBA’s rules that limit packing the paint.
‘She´s great. She´s ready. She´s ready to see single coverage,’ Staley said after the Final Four loss. ‘She´s ready to make the next step to the league.’
Boston was a three-time first-team All-American pick by The Associated Press. She was a two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year and helped the Gamecocks go 131-9 in her four seasons – with just one of those losses at home.
She started all 138 games she played at South Carolina, averaging 14.1 points and 10.8 rebounds.
She had a program record 82 games with double figure points and rebounds.
Boston was limited to eight points in the loss to Iowa after missing much of the first half with two early fouls.
Her college career ended after a heartbreaking loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Final Four