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Fever’s Aliyah Boston unanimous choice as WNBA Rookie of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aliyah Boston had an incredible first season and was honored by the league as the WNBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.

2023 WNBA Draft No.1 pick Aliyah Boston
South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston, right, poses for a photo with commissioner Cathy Engelbert after the Indiana Fever selected her first overall at the WNBA basketball draft Monday, April 10, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The No. 1 pick in the draft started every game for Indiana averaging 14.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. She shot 57.8% from the field and became the first rookie to lead the league in that stat.

Indiana Fever Atlanta Dream game photos, Aliyah Boston
Aliyah Boston (7) sinks a jumper on her way to 25 points and six rebounds against the Atlanta Dream on June 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (Photo/David Dixon)

The South Carolina graduate was a unanimous choice by the 60-person national media panel, becoming the fifth rookie to be chosen on every ballot and first since A’ja Wilson did it in 2018.

Boston became the second Fever player to ever win the award, joining Tamika Catchings. Boston headlined the league’s all-rookie team that also included Seattle’s Jordan Horston, Washington’s Li Meng and the Minnesota duo of Dorka Juhasz and Diamond Miller.

RELATED: Indiana Fever rookie all-star Aliyah Boston wins Rookie of the Month (Again)

a photo Indiana Fever rookie center and 2023 all-star starter Aliyah Boston during a game against the Chicago Sky on July 2 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Indiana Fever rookie center and 2023 all-star Aliyah Boston sending love to a fan holding a sign demonstrating her support during a game against the Chicago Sky on July 2 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (Photo/David Dixon)

The Fever won 13 games this past season — more than double what they did last year. Indiana missed out on the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, but have the best chance at winning the draft lottery and getting the No. 1 pick again.

Via AP WNBA. Multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III for the Indianapolis Recorder contributed to this report. For more Indiana Fever news courtesy of the Indianapolis Recorder, click here.

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