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Gamecock freshman is a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalist

Aliyah Boston made her presence felt in the post from day one
Credit: AP
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) smiles from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 95-44. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

The SEC Defensive Player of the Year is now a finalist for the Naismith Women's Defensive Player of the Year award which is presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The SEC Freshman of the Year who earned a spot on the Associated Press All-America Second Team, Boston finished the season ranked 11th in the country in total blocks (86) and 21st in blocks per game (2.61). Her 86 blocks are a South Carolina freshman record and rank fourth overall in program history.

The 6-5 Boston averaged 9.4 rebounds per game which set a South Carolina freshman record.  

Boston is the only underclassmen in this year's group of four finalists for this the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.