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Aliyah Boston

  • position Forward
  • height 6-5
  • class Senior
  • Hometown St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
  • High school Worcester (Mass.) Academy
  • position Forward
  • height 6-5
  • class Senior
  • Hometown St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
  • High school Worcester (Mass.) Academy

Aliyah Boston Bio

2022 Wooden Award Graphic - Aliyah Boston

Awards

At South Carolina

Honda Cup Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year (2022)
SEC Female Athlete of the Year (2022)
2x National Player of the Year (2022 unanimous; 2021 The Athletic)
2x First-Team All-America (2021 unanimous; 2022 unanimous)
Second-Team All-America (2020 AP, USBWA)
3x Lisa Leslie Center of the Year (2020, 2021, 2022)
Naismith Defensive Player of the Year (2022)
National Freshman of the Year (2020 ESPN, USBWA, WBCA)
SEC Player of the Year (2022)
3x SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2020, 2021 (co), 2022)
3x All-SEC First Team (2020, 2021, 2022)
SEC Freshman of the Year (2020)
3x SEC All-Defensive Team (2020, 2021, 2022)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2022)
NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (2022 Greensboro)
NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team (2022 Greensboro, 2021 Hemisfair)
SEC Tournament MVP (2021)
SEC All-Tournament Team (2021, 2022)
2x CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year (2021, 2022)
2x CoSIDA Women’s Basketball All-America First Team (2021, 2022)

In High School
WBCA, McDonald’s, SLAM All-America (2019)
Naismith Second Team (2019)
USA Today Massachusetts Player of the Year (2019)
Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019)

With USA Basketball
2021 FIBA AmeriCup, gold medal
2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, gold medal
2018 Youth Olympic Games 3×3, gold medal
2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, gold medal
2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, All-Star Five
2017 FIBA U16 Americas Cup, gold medal
2017 FIBA U16 Americas Cup, MVP

In the South Carolina Record Book

Career
1st – Triple-doubles in a career (2)
2nd – Double-doubles in a career (60)
2nd – Blocked shots in a career (257)
2nd – Consecutive games started (101 11/5/19-present)
3rd – Offensive rebounds in a career (394)
3rd – Defensive rebounds in a career (735)
4th – Rebounds in a career (1129)
1st – Double-doubles in career SEC games (32)
2nd – Rebounds in career SEC games (573)
2nd – Offensive rebounds in career SEC games (187)
2nd – Defensive rebounds in career SEC games (386)
2nd – Blocked shots in career SEC games (129)

Season
1st – Rebounds in a season (462 in 2021-22)
1st – Offensive rebounds in a season (150 in 2021-22)
1st – Defensive rebounds in a season (312 in 2021-22)
1st – Double-doubles in a season (30 in 2021-22)
1st – Consecutive double-doubles in a season (27 in 2021-22)*
1st – Games played in a season (37 in 2021-22)
1st – Games started in a season (37 in 2021-22)
3rd – Rebounding average in a season (12.5 in 2021-22)
3rd – Blocked shots in a season (90 in 2021-22)
3rd – Blocked shots average in a season (2.6 in 2020-21)
4th – Offensive rebounds in a season (127 in 2020-21)
4th – Defensive rebounds in a season (230 in 2020-21)
4th – Blocked shots average in a season (2.6 in 2019-20)
4th – Field goal percentage in a season (.608 (174-286) in 2019-20)
5th – Blocked shots in a season (86 in 2019-20)
1st – Rebounds in an SEC season (212 in 2021-22)
1st – Rebounding average in an SEC season (13.3 in 2021-22)
1st – Offensive rebounds in an SEC season (69 in 2021-22)
1st – Defensive rebounds in an SEC season (143 in 2021-22)
1st – Double-doubles in an SEC season (16 in 2021-22)
1st – Blocked shots in an SEC season (57 in 2020-21)
1st – Blocked shots average in an SEC season (3.6 in 2020-21)
2nd – Rebounds in an SEC season (196 in 2020-21)
2nd – Offensive rebounds in an SEC season (62 in 2020-21)
3rd – Double-doubles in an SEC season (9 in 2020-21)
3rd – Offensive rebounds in an SEC season (56 in 2019-20)
3rd – Rebounding average in an SEC season (12.3 in 2020-21)
3rd – Defensive rebounds in an SEC season (134 in 2020-21)

Game
1st – Field goal percentage in a game (1.000 (13-13) vs. NC A&T, 11/29/21)
1st – Offensive rebounds in a game (12 vs. North Carolina, 3/24/22)
1st – Blocked shots in a game (10 vs. Alabama State, 11/5/19; 10 vs. Georgia, 1/21/21)
1st – Blocked shots in an SEC game (10 vs. Georgia, 1/21/21)
1st – Offensive rebounds in an SEC game (10 vs. Arkansas, 1/9/20)

Information

Junior Year (2021-22)

  • Swept the national player of the year awards, including becoming the first player, male or female, to win both the Naismith Trophy and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year; also claimed the Honda Cup as Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and SEC Roy F. Kramer Female Athlete of the Year; and repeated as CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year
  • Led the nation with a program-record 30 double-doubles, including an SEC-record 27-game streak
  • Ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds per game
  • Averaged a double-double (18.1 pts, 13.9 rebs) along with 39 blocks in the team’s 14 games against ranked opponents as well as in SEC play (16.6 pts, 13.3 rebs)
  • Named NCAA Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player behind 17.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in Minneapolis
  • Nearly had her second 20-20 NCAA Tournament game against #4/4 Louisville (Apr. 1), turning in a second-half double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the final 20 minutes alone
  • Had an iconic performance in NCAA Sweet 16 win over #17/18 North Carolina (Mar. 25), scoring all 13 of the team’s fourth-quarter points, including four second-chance points and seven free throws in the period, en route to becoming just the fourth player since 2000 with 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Sweet 16 or later … 12 offensive rebounds tied the program record for most in a single game
  • Earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament team with 17.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game at the event
  • Broke the SEC record with her 20th consecutive double-double in the win at Texas A&M (Feb. 24), highlighted by nine points in the third quarter
  • Grabbed seven of her season-high 19 rebounds at Florida (Jan. 30) in the first quarter, nearly out-rebounding the Gators (7) by herself in the period
  • Scored nine of the team’s 12 second-quarter points vs. #24/rv Ole Miss (Jan. 27) en route to her fifth 20-point game of the season
  • Posted 11 of her 19 points and six of her 13 rebounds at Arkansas (Jan. 16) in the second quarter, then hit a pair of free throws to launch a 7-0 surge that shut down the Razorback rally and sealed the win, adding a layup and offensive rebound to the effort as well
  • Secured her 10th double-double in a row in her first 13 minutes on the floor vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 13); the double-double streak breaks a program record last set in 1978 … she accounted for 15 of the team’s 26 points and 10 of the 24 team rebounds in the first half … her 15 total rebounds nine were offensive, the fourth-highest total by a Gamecock in program history and one off her career high
  • Needed just 18 minutes of court time vs. #21/20 Kentucky (Jan. 9) to reach her ninth straight double-double … established the Gamecocks’ inside game early with 10 of her 18 points coming in the first quarter
  • Capped the team’s third-quarter comeback at #13/16 LSU (Jan. 6) with free throws that put the Gamecocks on top for good, then dominated the fourth quarter with nine points, two blocks and seven boards, including the last of her seven offensive rebounds on the second of two missed free throws with nine seconds left and just a four-point lead
  • Passed 800 career rebounds at Missouri (Dec 30), scoring 16 points with nine rebounds in the second half and overtime to rally the Gamecocks
  • Led the team in scoring (18) and rebounds (11) vs. #2/2 Stanford (Dec. 21) and was key in the second half with four blocks, seven rebounds and two steals in the final 20 minutes
  • Snapped the offense out of a funk with baskets on three consecutive possessions to ward off a #15/25 Duke (Dec. 15) rally early in the fourth quarter … surpassed 200 career blocks by sending back a team-high four with three in the second half
  • Stepped up in the second half of the win vs. #8/7 Maryland (Dec. 12), recording 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in the final 20 minutes of the win, including two points, three rebounds and a steal in the final 9-3 surge that sealed the win
  • Scored seven of the team’s 15 second-quarter points and added five rebounds in the period vs. Kansas St. (Dec.3)
  • Finished with a career-high 29 points and hit all 13 field goal attempts vs. N.C. A&T (Nov. 29) for the best perfect shooting game in program history … only eight more productive perfect games (14 or more field goals) have happened in NCAA Div. I history … 11 of her 20 first-half points game in a 22-0 run that closed the second quarter
  • Powered the team to a win over #2/2 UConn (Nov. 22), pulling down more offensive rebounds than the entire Huskies squad (7-6) and led all players in points and rebounds
  • Scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half against Buffalo (Nov. 20), the team’s first 20-point game of the season

Sophomore Year (2020-21)

  • Picked up National Player of the Year honors from The Athletic and was a unanimous First-Team All-American
  • Collected her second Lisa Leslie Award in as many seasons; also repeated as SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team
  • Was the only player in the country named a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year
  • Became program’s first CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year
  • Ranked 13th in the NCAA in rebounding average (11.5), second in the SEC … 18th in NCAA with 2.6 blocks per game, third in the SEC, and fifth in NCAA in double-doubles (17) … ranked second in the SEC and 16th in the country in offensive rebounding (4.1) … 21st in the SEC in scoring
    Finished conference play 22nd in scoring (13.3), second in rebounding (12.3), first in blocks (3.6), second in offensive rebounds (3.9), fifth in field goal percentage (.503)
  • Averaging a double-double through 14 games against ranked opponents (14.4 ppg / 12.1 rpg)
  • Reeled in game-high 16 rebounds in NCAA Final Four against #2/2 Stanford (Apr. 2), including four offensive in the fourth quarter as the Gamecocks made a late run
  • Opened strong in the NCAA Elite 8 against Texas (Mar. 30), scoring six of her 10 points in the first quarter
  • Came out strong in NCAA second-round game against Oregon State (Mar. 23), scoring eight of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter
  • Went off in her NCAA Tournament debut against Mercer (Mar. 21), notching a 20-point and 18-rebound double-double, snagging nine offensive rebounds to match Mercer’s team total for the game
  • Named SEC Tournament MVP after three straight double-doubles in the event, during which she averaged 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 59.4 percent from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range
  • Powered the Gamecocks to the SEC Tournament title over #16/21 Georgia (Mar. 7) with evenly distributed 27 points, including the game-sealing free throws with 13 seconds left
  • Scored eight of her 15 points against #14/16 Tennessee (Mar. 6) in the SEC Tournament semifinals as the Gamecocks stamped their authority on the game early with a 29-13 opening period
  • Moved into 10th place in program history with her 11-point 11-rebound double-double at #3/3 Texas A&M (Feb. 28), giving her 25 double doubles in her career
  • Displayed her versatility against #17/17 Kentucky (Feb. 21), leading the team with three assists in addition to her 11 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and four points
  • Scored 12 of her team-high 17 points at #21/21 Tennessee (Feb. 18) in the second half to keep Gamecocks within striking distance … tied her season high with 16 rebounds to finish with her 11th double-double of the season
  • Notched her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds against LSU (Feb. 14), her seventh against SEC competition … tying her total against SEC foes from her freshman season, also tallied six blocks
  • Scored five of her 17 points during the fourth-quarter run at #2/5 UConn (Feb. 8) that pulled the team back into the game … finished with her eighth double-double, pulling down 15 rebounds, including eight in the final 15 minutes
  • Was calm in face of constant double-teams against Alabama (Jan. 31), handing out career-best six assists to go with her 13 rebounds – her ninth-straight game of double-digit rebounds … contributed four points, two rebounds, two blocks and three assists during 18-5 run that opened second half to turn one-point deficit into 12-point advantage
  • Notched her third straight double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds at LSU (Jan. 24)… dominated the glass in the third quarter with six and scored seven points in the decisive fourth quarter
  • Made history against #22/23 Georgia (Jan. 21), notching the program’s first triple-double in SEC play with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks, the second triple-double of her career
  • Came out hot against #15/16 Arkansas (Jan. 18) with six points, six rebounds and three blocks in the game’s opening five minutes … added five points to a 9-0 run late in the third that established a double-digit lead
  • Took over in the third quarter at #10/8 Kentucky (Jan. 10), scoring 10 of her 20 points in the period to  with a double-double, her fourth of the season, and seven blocks, tying her SEC career high, and earn SEC co-Player of the Week
  • Scored a career-best 28 points against Florida (Dec. 31), including a 19-point and 11-rebound first half where she became the 11th fastest Gamecock to score 500 points in her career … scored eight points in the paint, eight on midrange jumpers, nine from 3-point range and three free throws
  • Showed off her inside-out game early at #23/18 Iowa State (Dec. 6), scoring five of the team’s first 10 points on a putback and a 3-pointer … scored four of her then season-high 13 points off offensive rebounds
  • Voted a team captain

 

Freshman Year (2019-20)

  • Became program’s first National Freshman of the Year, earning the award from every organization that bestowed it
  • Part of first team in program history to end the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, claiming that spot in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
  • Tied school record for blocks in a game and set record for offensive rebounds vs. an SEC opponent and single-season offensive rebounds in SEC games
  • Resent seven program freshman season records and four freshman single-game records
  • Sixth in the nation in field goal percentage and 21st in blocks per game – first and second in the SEC, respectively
  • 22nd in SEC in scoring, third in rebounding (best among freshmen), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.5)
  • Averaged a double-double against SEC foes (13.1 ppg/10.3 rpg) and ranked teams (13.0 ppg/10.9 rpg)
  • Earned her program freshman-record 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds against #25/- Arkansas (March 7)
  • Opened and closed a 9-0 third-quarter run that broke open a six-point game vs. #12/14 Texas A&M (March 1)
  • Swatted five shots against LSU (Feb. 20) to become the program’s all-time freshman blocks leader  … scored six of her 13 points in a 11-2 run that opened the third quarter
  • Dominated the glass early against #5/6 UConn (Feb. 10) with nine rebounds in the first quarter on her way to her 10th double-double
  • Notched eighth double-double with 12 rebounds and a career-high 21 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, against #9/9 Mississippi State (Jan. 20)
  • Was an absolute force against #21/21 Arkansas (Jan. 9), snagging a Gamecock freshman-record 25 rebounds, including nine in the first quarter, during which she also netted eight points
  • Earned first career SEC double-double (17 pts/12 rebs) at Alabama (Jan. 5) with four of the team’s first six points
  • Scored eight of her 14 points against #13/13 Kentucky (Jan. 2) in the dominant first quarter
  • National and SEC Freshman of the Week following Paradise Jam (Nov. 28-30)
  • Notched 10 of her 20 points and six of her 13 rebounds in the fourth quarter against #2/2 Baylor (Nov. 30) to clinch Paradise Jam Reef Division MVP honors
  • Scored on four of her five offensive rebounds against Washington State (Nov. 29)
  • Second straight double-double and third in five games came against USC Upstate (Nov. 21), hitting the mark by the end of the third quarter
  • Hit all six field goal attempts against Appalachian State (Nov. 17), the fifth perfect-shooting game by a freshman in Gamecock history
  • Set inside tone early at #4/5 Maryland (Nov. 10), scoring eight of the team’s first 10 points and blocking five shots in the opening quarter
  • Posted first triple-double by a freshman in program history and the first by any NCAA Div. I player in her career debut against Alabama State (Nov. 5), including a school-record tying 10 blocks

High School

  • Ranked No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2019 and the top post player in the class
  • Earned consensus All-America selection after her senior season (2018-19), during which she averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks
  • Captured Massachusetts Player of the Year honors from Gatorade (2017, 2018, 2019) and USA Today (2019)
  • Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic (2019)
  • Named NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year (2018, 2019) and a NEPSAC Class A All-Star in 2017
  • Helped Worcester Academy to 24-1 record and second-straight New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A championship in 2018-19
  • Averaged 21.2 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.2 blocks as a junior (2017-18) after starting and recording a double-double in all 22 games her sophomore season (2016-17)
  • Has earned four gold medals with USA Basketball and was named MVP of the 2017 FIBA U16 Americas Cup after leading team with 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game

Personal

  • Daughter of Cleone and Al Boston … has an older sister, Alexis
  • Majoring in mass communications

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