South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston headlines Wooden All-American team

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South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston headlines the Wooden All-American team, as announced on ESPNU on Wednesday. The team, comprised of five players, features the top vote-getters for the 2022 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s, handed out annually to the nation’s top player.

Iowa Hawkeyes’ Caitlin Clark, Naz Hillmon of the Michigan Wolverines, the Kentucky Wildcats’ Rhyne Howard and the Baylor Lady Bears’ NaLyssa Smith round out the 2022 All-American roster, who now are all finalists for the Wooden Award.

Boston, still in Final Four contention, led South Carolina all season, notching 27 straight double-doubles, averaging 16.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

Clark has dazzled fans with her offensive capability, leading the country in points and assists, averaging 27 and eight per game, respectively. Bounced in the second round by Creighton, Iowa’s season ended early after the team clinched Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.

Hillmon capped off her historic career with the Wolverines by becoming the first Michigan player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Averaging 21 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season, Hillmon led Michigan to the program’s first-ever Elite Eight appearance.

Though Kentucky fell to Princeton in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Howard still has a lot to be proud of. Averaging 20.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game on the season, Howard led her side to a thrilling SEC tournament title, upsetting No. 1 South Carolina.

Two-time Big 12 player of the year, Smith led Baylor to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where the team was upset by a hot South Dakota squad. The senior averaged 22.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in her final season with the school.

The John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Women’s Player of the Year will be announced Monday on ESPN.