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Former Gamecocks A’ja Wilson Covers NBA 2K25

By meerna Jul11,2024
Former Gamecocks A’ja Wilson Covers NBA 2K25

Las Vegas Aces A’ja Wilson (22) and owner Mark Davis celebrate winning the 2023 WNBA Finals at Barclays Center.

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Gamecocks star A’ja Wilson made history as the first WNBA player to be featured on the cover of the global edition of NBA 2K, world-renowned video game company 2K Sports announced Wednesday.

Wilson will appear on the cover of the WNBA edition of NBA 2K25 and will also share the cover of the All-Star Edition with 2024 NBA champion Jayson Tatum.

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley mentioned her former player in a post on X (formerly Twitter): “I am so proud of you for raising the bar on and off the court! It is truly a blessing to see your extraordinary service.”

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Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Tatum of the Boston Celtics appeared on Wednesday’s episode of JJ Redick’s podcast “The Old Man and the Three” with special guest and former WNBA star Sue Bird to share their initial reactions to the news.

“My agent called and said, ‘Hey, you’re going to be on the cover,’” Wilson said with a laugh. “And I said, ‘Oh, wait, no. It’s about time, Ronnie (2K).”

Ronnie Singh, better known as Ronnie 2K, is the Director of Digital Marketing for 2K Sports and plays a large role in the production of the game each year, including selecting which athletes appear on the cover.

“You just dream about seeing your face in these spaces,” Wilson said on the podcast. “And then for it to actually happen, I see my face on a bag of potato chips and I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ Now I’m in a video game, now I’m on a cover.”

“Obviously, I don’t play video games, and I could start now because my face is on the cover. But it’s just one of those moments where you’re like, ‘Wow, this is something I’d dream of having.’ Like owning a shoe. All these different things. And now you start checking off your bucket list, it’s been huge. So I’m blessed.”

Considered by many to be the best female basketball player in the world, Wilson has delivered on her promise this season, leading the WNBA in points (27), defensive rebounds (8.8) and blocks (2.7) per game. Through 20 games of the 40-game season, Wilson has attempted more shots than anyone other than Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale (386 compared to Ogunbowale’s 432) and has the seventh-best field goal percentage in the league (52.6%).

Wilson finished third in WNBA All-Star fan voting (607,300) behind Indiana Fever’s Caitlin Clark (700,735) and Aliyah Boston (618,680). The Aces star will also travel to Paris later this summer in search of another Olympic gold medal with Team USA.

NBA 2K25 launches on September 6. The game is now available for pre-order.

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Payton Titus is a South Carolina Gamecocks reporter for The State women’s basketball. She also covers USC football and creates real-time/trending content. Titus is an APSE awardee and is a 2023 graduate of the University of Florida.
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