What kind of emotions were you feeling when you
heard your name called as one of the USA U19 World
Championship Team members?
Oh my gosh! It was a great feeling. At first I was shocked,
to tell the truth because this weekend I felt that I had the
roughest time. I did not feel that I played really well.
But, when my name was called and my named being Wilson, it
was the last name. I was just like, ‘uh oh.’ And then
finally she said A’ja Wilson, and I was like, ‘oh my gosh,
this is such an honor.’ I’m really excited.
do you think stood out to the committee this weekend, what
do you bring to the team?
I guess, me being so young, I kind of bring the energy
sometimes. I’m not saying that everybody else is old, but I
guess I can bring the energy. We have height, of course, and
then we also have versatility. I think I also bring those
things to the team, and being a good teammate.
What does it mean for you to be able to represent your
It means a lot. It really does. I’ve watched these girls on
TV. I’ve gone to some of their games, and just to play with
them, it means a lot. Playing the sport that I love and
playing for the country that I love, it’s just a great
feeling to have.
Are you excited about learning from the coaching staff
and the rest of your teammates?
Definitely I am. I’m very excited.
December 27, 2012 - With many area teams
competing in holiday tournaments this week, the high
school basketball season is about to round the
corner into the new year, and many teams are looking
to turn the corner with it.
Several local teams are in action at Keenan’s
Capital City Classic and Heathwood Hall’s Home Pest
Control Holiday Invitational.
But the 2011-12 champion Dreher girls squad, led by
junior Kaydra Duckett, has taken its campaign to
Florida, for the Naples Holiday Shootout.
Duckett is part of the Blue Devils’ trio of stars
who returned to lead the squad on its repeat title
quest. With fellow junior Makayla Johnson on limited
duty while recovering from knee surgery, team
captain Duckett has done well to help the squad
adjust to its shifted line up.
Dreher junior Kaydra
Duckett is averaging 14.2 points
and 8.8 rebounds per game as a captain this season.
(photo by Tracy Glantz /email@example.com )
“Kaydra is doing a great job leading the team,” said
coach Teresa Jones, whose team is 12-1 after going 3-1
in the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational last week.
For Duckett, the task has not been without its
“We’re not able to get the look that we’d wanted this
season, because we had to change the lineup, and some of
the things I planned to be working on, I’m not able to
do,” Duckett said.
can be a very intense workout that can be beneficial
to anyone who decides to play. It produces a lot of
sweat, which rids the body of toxins; encourages
heavy breathing, which brings in more oxygen into
the brain and muscles; and moves almost every part
of your body, which tightens your muscles and
loosens up your joints.
Getting into shape using sports also produces feel-good hormones, such as
endorphins, which relieves stress, boosts self-confidence and it can improve an
individuals mood. Most importantly, basketball is a sport that anyone can play
during their free time with friends or alone.
If you want to shape up and have fun at the same time, then pick up a ball
and go throw some hoops!
6-6 A'ja Wilson does it all at Basketball on the Bayou
A'ja Wilson is a 6-6 combo guard from Columbia, South
Carolina who plays for the Palmetto 76ers AAU program. Her size
and athleticism make her one of the most sought after recruits
for the class of 2014.
July 25, 2012 - A’Ja Wilson loves
cartoons, dancing and is a self professed
girly-girl. “I like wearing pearls and I’m addicted
to Phineas and Ferb”, says the rising junior from
Columbia SC with a big smile.
The cartoon character most college coaches have in
their heads for Wilson, though, is a super hero, as
the 6-6 wing is one of the most sought after players
in the 2014 class. With her combination of size,
speed and athleticism, she has the potential to
elevate any team to another level.
You want proof? In three pool-play games with the
Palmetto 76ers at Basketball on the Bayou, Wilson
put up 27, 31 and 18 points -- and she would have
had more in the third game but went to the bench
with nine minutes remaining after tweaking her knee.
And despite being 6-6. the first thing you notice
about Wilson is her ability to run the floor. She
can rebound the ball and go coast-to-coast, easily
navigating by smaller players who try to slow her
down, and once she gets near the basket, she has a
beautiful finger roll, a step-through, a jump-hop
and a spin move. She’s much more agile than her
height would suggest and because she attacks the
rim, she also gets to the free-throw line. But
scoring isn’t the only upside for Wilson, as she’s a
huge shot blocking presence and has shown the
ability defend in the paint without fouling.