Aaliyah Wilson, native of Muskogee, honored by the city


It has been a special year for Aaliyah Wilson of Muskogee.

First, she was drafted 11th overall by the Seattle Storm in April. Now Wilson was honored on Saturday by the town she called her home.

Wilson’s dream of playing professional basketball has now come true.

After Seattle traded her for Indiana, Wilson’s first season with the Fever has already shown her how hard she has to work to play at the top of the sport.

“I’m again a freshman among these adult women and the business,” Wilson said. “I’m in it. I feel really good and it’s been a process in every game and every practice. I’m learning something new and meeting someone different, so I take everything into account and I love them. really.

Entering the WNBA didn’t make Wilson forget his roots. She credits the town of Muskogee for reaching the highest level in professional basketball.

“I grew up in this park playing basketball with my siblings,” Wilson said. “Coming here with my dad. Cycling on the street, so just being able to be here, it’s definitely a warming situation.”

Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman declared July 17 Aaliyah Wilson Day and gave her a key to the city.

Coleman and the city also have plans for a future downtown park called “Champions Park” to honor Wilson and the future star athletes who have made Muskogee their home.

“It’s the first step in building that culture in the community and bringing everyone together and just keeping that hope alive and keeping that next person growing,” Wilson said.

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