South Carolina Gamecocks – Aliyah Boston Named Freshman of the Year

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COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 10: Aliyah Boston #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks handles the ball against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center on November 10, 2019 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston has been named NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year following the conclusion of the Women’s Basketball season. 

Boston was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the country last year before signing with the Gamecocks in 2019.  In her first year on campus, she averaged 12.5 PPG and 9.4 RPG.  She finished second on the team in scoring, while leading the team in rebounding and blocked shots.   Her 86 blocked shots are the fourth highest single season total in program history.

Boston was a Day 1 starter for Coach Dawn Staley, cracking the top five in all 33 of the Lady Gamecocks’ contests this season.  In her very first game, Boston posted a triple-double, recording 12 points, 12 boards, and 10 blocks against Alabama State.  She tallied 13 double-doubles on the year.

This is just the latest in a collection of postseason accolades for Boston.  The former McDonald’s All-American also received SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-SEC honors.  She was named a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press.

The 6’ 5” forward joins her coach Dawn Staley and teammate Tyasha Harris as postseason award recipients.  Staley was recently named NCAA Coach of the Year, while Harris won the Dawn Staley award last month.  Harris was also named First Team All-American.  The Lady Gamecocks finished the season 32-1 and ranked No. 1 in the final Top 25 poll.