ATLANTA (April 1, 2020) — Aliyah Boston of the University of South Carolina is the winner of the 2020 WBCA NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year presented by adidas, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.
The Freshman of the Year award honors the best NCAA Division I women’s basketball freshman or redshirt freshman. All conference freshman players of the year in NCAA Division I are considered for the award. If a conference does not select a freshman player of the year, the conference office can nominate one player to be considered.
“Energy, enthusiasm and effort – these are qualities every coach hopes their first-year players will bring to the team,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “The WBCA and adidas are pleased to recognize the important contribution of first-year student-athletes and to present the WBCA NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year award to Aliyah Boston. Aliyah certainly contributed to South Carolina’s success and we applaud the immediate impact on the court she made this season.”
In her first season at South Carolina, Boston averaged 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In addition, she tallied 13 double-doubles and set a program freshman record with 86 blocks, which was 11th highest in the country. Boston received numerous accolades as a freshman garnering both SEC Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She also won the USBWA Tamika Catchings Freshman of the Year award. Boston is also a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and Lisa Leslie Award presented each year to the top center in the game.
This is the fourth year of the WBCA NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year award.
Visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of past recipients.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.