Dawn Staley: ‘Aliyah Boston is the most dominant player in the country’

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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley has high praise for junior forward Aliyah Boston on the latest episode of NETLIFE.

“I do believe she was the most dominant center in her freshman and sophomore years, and she has developed into the most dominant player in our game,” Staley says.

Boston is averaging 17 points and 11.9 rebounds across 21 games this season. She broke South Carolina’s program record with 10 consecutive double-doubles last month, and has since added to the streak with 14 straight double-doubles.

“It’s who she wants to be,” Staley says. “When you have a goal, when you have a dream, when you want to do something, you don’t rely on other people to define that.”

Improving in nearly every statistical category from her sophomore to junior seasons, Boston, according to Staley, “leaves no questions when it comes to who the best player in the women’s college basketball season is.”

Staley believes Boston may not have gotten the attention she deserved in the past, but this year her dominant performance has forced the media to take notice.

“This year again, she leaves no question, so the media can’t do anything besides praise what she’s done, what she’s accomplished, what she will continue to accomplish in our sport,” Staley says.

“Aliyah Boston is the easiest to work with, she’s self-motivated. When a player is as good as she is, there is no one that is going to motivate them besides themselves.”

As good of an individual performer as Boston is, she is an equally impressive teammate, with Staley calling her “by far the best leader, captain, practice player, everything.”

While Boston seems to be hitting her stride, Staley sees an even brighter future for the Gamecocks star: “No doubt about it, she will be the No. 1 draft pick next year in the WNBA Draft. Without a doubt.”

Listen to Staley’s full assessment of Boston’s season on the latest episode of NETLIFE.