A’ja Wilson: ‘I feel like the league is in pretty good hands when it comes to us’

The Aces' A'ja Wilson shoots over the Mystics' Elena Delle Donne. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

A’ja Wilson and Napheesa Collier had some celebrating to do on the latest episode of Tea with A & Phee.

The co-hosts took the top spots on ESPN’s recent ranking of the WNBA’s best 25 players under 25, paving the way for the next generation of WNBA talent.

“Oh my gosh, look at us,” Wilson says. “That’s pretty cool. I feel like the league is in pretty good hands when it comes to us.”

Wilson, the 2020 WNBA MVP, also gave her own picks for the ranking.

“I think Arike (Ogunbowale) should definitely be on the list,” she says. “Satou (Sabally), I think Satou is a great player. I’m sure Sabrina (Ionescu) is on that list.”

Ogunbowale ranked third on the official list, while Ionescu came in at 9th and Sabally at 11th.

Wilson and Collier also discussed a few WNBA legends returning to the court. Elena Delle Donne looked to be regaining her form in August, playing in her first games since undergoing two back surgeries. The Mystics star has since been sidelined again, with the Mystics holding out hope that she’ll return before the end of the season.

“I’m so glad the Aces are done playing the Mystics,” Wilson jokes. “I’m pretty sure our coaches would’ve probably flipped, so thank you EDD for waiting.”

“She’s such an amazing player, to see her back especially after an injury like that,” Collier says of Delle Donne’s initial return.

The two also discussed the Ogwumike sisters, who helped the Sparks to a four-game win streak when they returned after the Olympic break.

“Chiney is also back for the first time since May, so her and Nneka are playing healthy together,” Wilson says.

“They’re definitely a dynamic duo when it comes to siblings in the league,” adds Collier. “That’s awesome.”

“When those two are playing and EDD is healthy, it changes the dynamic and just the look of their teams. It means so much to them,” Wilson says of the Mystics and the Sparks.

Collier sounded a little less enthusiastic about the players’ return, since the Lynx still have to play the Mystics in their regular season finale.

Welcome back, guys. We missed you,” Wilson says. “Well, Phee’s not gonna miss you because she has to play y’all, but we already played y’all.”

Listen to the full episode of Tea with A & Phee to hear more WNBA news plus Wilson and Collier’s takeaways from playing alongside the United States men’s team at the Tokyo Olympics.