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Girls are quicker, faster and stronger than you, so while it may look like it’s open, they can close that gap with such a quick­ness that you al­ways have a coun­ter­move. But I give it all to Coach (Dawn) Sta­ley, she re­ally prepped me for this level so I’m not su­per far off with things.”

A’ja Wil­son, first over­all pick in this year’s WNBA draft by the Las Ve­gas Aces, on the dif­fer­ence be­tween the pro and col­lege game at South Carolina. The WNBA sea­son be­gins Fri­day.

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