NEW YORK – It was really no mystery. Mock draft and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley predicted it.
There were still some nervous seconds before it was actually announced.
As expected, A & # 39; yes Wilson # 1 was totally picked up during Thursday's WNBA draft and sent her to Las Vegas to begin her professional career. This year's 6-foot-5 unified national player, the most decorated athlete in USC history, became the third Gamecock ever chosen No. 1, after NFL's George Rogers (1981) and Jadeveon Clowney (2014).  Wilson will go to the training camp on April 29 with pre season solitaire starting May 4th. Essen's regular season begins May 20 in Connecticut.
Her initial salary will be 52,564, equal to pay for players prepared 2-4. The average WNBA salary is $ 79,235, with the highest payroll of $ 1
Wilson said last week that she did not know the background of her new coach Bill Laimbeer, who won the back-back NBA championship with the "Bad Boys" Detroit pistols. Laimbeer also trained Detroit Shock to three WNBA championships and guided New York Liberty to a runner-up in 2015, coaching the same way he played – unapologetically and hard-nosed.
Laimbeer raved about Wilson's game last week, crediting her decision-making alongside her starring. "You do not get many players who can drive as she can. She can attack the basket with a dribble and cover a huge amount of land," he said.
"I think the intrinsic solutions can largely differ from many other big players out there. I think in our league, her biggest thing, she will scare many people who protect her because she can take the ball to the basket from the device. "
Legendary college and WNBA player Rebecca Lobo also love what Wilson comes to the league.
"A & # 39; yes is such a unique talent when it comes to having the size and the skill she has. She gets even better with physical contact," said Lobo. "She's one of the players you're watching and saying , "This is a player who can ultimately be an Olympic, eventually a WNBA star." "
Wilson is about to graduate from the USC in May with a Master's Degree. She will go in his graduation ceremony if she can fit into her schedule.
Introduction is May 11-12. Essen has a pre-season show on May 13.
Wilson thanked her fans once more to always support her and promised to always be loyal against the USC. She hopes to see many familiar faces when the Aces play her only game in Atlanta on August 7th.
And of course, she had a soundbite for her future Las Vegas fans.
"What's happening in Sin City, stay in Sin City, "she said.
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