Taja Wilson

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Taja Wilson

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Penn Hills

Last College:
Michigan State

Height:
6-1

Position:
Forward


At Xavier: Forced to sit out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

As a R-Sophomore (2009-10): Appeared in 20 games ... Averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.2 minutes ... Scored four points vs. No. 5/6 Notre Dame (11/19) ... Scored two points and picked up two steals in nine minutes vs. Western Michigan (11/22) ... Had two rebounds in each of the games at the Junkanoo Jam - George Washington (11/27) and Oklahoma State (11/28) ... Posted two points and three rebounds vs. Indiana (12/6) ... Has her best game of the season vs. No. 8 Xavier (12/9) with six points and tied a career high with five rebounds in 10 minutes ... Scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in seven minutes vs. Northwestern (2/14) ... Tied her season high with six points in only seven minutes vs. Illinois (2/18), also adding two rebounds ... Had three rebounds and a block in six minutes vs. Minnesota (2/28).

2008-09: Received a medical redshirt ... Academic All-Big Ten.

As a Freshman (2007-08): Appeared in 35 games ... Averaged 10.6 minutes, 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds a game ... Strong effort in collegiate debut, scoring eight points and collecting three rebounds in 16 minutes vs. IUPUI (11/9) ... Scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer, in just 16 minutes at No. 4 LSU (11/15) ... Went 6-of-8 at the free-throw line to score eight points at Providence (12/20) ... Posted two points and two rebounds at Hartford (12/22) ... Hit four free throws at Wisconsin (1/2) ... Had two rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes against Northwestern (1/17) ... Two points and a career-high four rebounds in nine minutes against Indiana (1/20) ... Hauled in a career-high five rebounds, adding two points, one block and one steal against Purdue (2/11) ... Scored a career-high 12 points and tied a career-high with five rebounds, going 6-of-6 from the free-throw line at Indiana (2/14) ... Scored five points at Penn State (2/17) ... Recorded four points and two rebounds against Northwestern (2/21) ... Collected four rebounds vs. Illinois (2/28) ... Scored five points and pulled down five rebounds against Minnesota (3/7) in her first career Big Ten Tournament game ... Scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in the win over Bowling Green in the second round of the WNIT (3/22) ... Hauled in four rebounds and scored four points on 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line in the win over Kansas in the third round of the WNIT (3/27) ... Had five rebounds and two points against North Carolina State in the semifinal round of the WNIT (4/2).

Before Michigan State: A four-year team captain at Penn Hills High School ... Led team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots all four years ... A four-star recruit according to HoopGurlz.com ... Ranked 65th overall and 23rd at her position in the Top 100 recruits by the Web site ... Ranked the 16th-best power forward in the country by All-Star Girls Report ... Ranked 91st by Blue Star Basketball.com in its list of Top 100 recruits ... Ranked No. 1 front court/post player in Pennsylvania (PA Prep Report) ... Scored 1,494 career points ... Nominated for McDonald's All-America Game ... Three-time All-Section 2 AAAA selection ... Also an all-state honoree ... Led team to playoff appearances her junior and senior years ... Single-game career highs include 36 points and 22 rebounds ... Averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game and collected 10 double-doubles as a senior ... A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 honoree ... Fab 5 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette selection ... Earned back-to-back Athlete of the Week selections (Tribune-Review, Post-Gazette) after scoring 109 points (27.3 pg) and 41 rebounds (10.3 pg) in a four-game stretch ... Invited to adidas Top 10 All-American Camp and 2007 Pennsylvania Round Ball Classic ... Averaged 16.2 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior ... Finished fifth out of 226 top female competitors in the country at the Nike Nationals 2005 SPARQ Testing ... Also attended junior nationals in 2005 ... Averaged 13 points and nine rebounds a game during sophomore year ... Averaged a double-double her freshman season (14 ppg, 11 rpg) ... Also participated in gymnastics, volleyball, track & field and softball ... Shined in the classroom as well, graduating in the top 30 of her class (450 students in class) ... Four-year high honor student and member of the National Honor Society ... Selected to attend the National Leadership Conference ... Member of "Who's Who" among high school students.

Personal: Full name is Taja Shanice Wilson ... Daughter of Warren and Meta Wilson, brother is Warren III ... Father played football at Piit, mother played basketball at Point Park University, brother played basketball at Virginia State and professionally for the Baltimore Pearls (ABA) ... Shoots left-handed ... Graduated May 2011 with an advertising degree and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport administration ... Born March 22, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

CAREER HIGHS
Points 12 at Indiana (February 14, 2008)
Field Goals Made 4 at LSU (November 15, 2007)
3-Pt Field Goals Made 1 at LSU (November 15, 2007)
Free Throws Made 6 Twice
Rebounds 5 Five Times
Assists 2 at Northwestern (January 17, 2008)
Blocks 1 Seven Times
Steals 3 at LSU (November 15, 2007)
Minutes 22 vs. Purdue (February 11, 2008)
CAREER STATISTICS
Year GP-GS Min FG-A Pct 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Rbs-Avg PF A TO S Pts-Avg
2007-08 35-0 10.6 26-68 .382 3-7 .429 37-58 .638 60-1.7 36 9 41 8 92-2.6
2009-10 20-0 5.2 9-27 .333 0-0 .000 9-15 .600 25-1.3 15 4 10 4 27-1.4
TOTAL 55-0 8.7 35-95 .368 3-7 .429 46-73 .630 85-1.5 51 13 51 12 119-2.2