(VI Consortium) Prodigious USVI native Aliyah Boston has been unanimously named the WNBA Rookie of the Year, as announced on Monday. This honor adds to Boston’s already impressive resume, with the Fever star becoming only the fifth player in league history to clinch the title with unanimous support from a 60-person national media panel.
Boston follows in the footsteps of previous unanimous winners such as A’ja Wilson in 2018, Elena Delle Donne in 2013, Tina Charles in 2010, and Candace Parker in 2008.
Chosen as the Indiana Fever’s No. 1 draft pick in April, Boston did not disappoint fans, starting in every game for the team. The 6-foot-5 center/forward showcased her skills by averaging 14.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Notably, Boston, with a shooting accuracy of 57.8%, became the first rookie to top the league in this statistic.
Reflecting on her remarkable season, Boston expressed her satisfaction and growth, “I feel like over games, I was able to adjust, especially playing teams the second or third time around. As a rookie entering this league, it’s challenging, but I’m proud of how I’ve risen to the occasion.”