Michaela Smalley | July 28th, 2019
Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler, who came into the WNBA undrafted in 2015, won the 2019 WNBA All-Star MVP award after her unforgettable performance in last night’s WNBA All-Star game in Las Vegas. Wheeler was selected to play on Team Wilson lead by Las Vegas Aces forward and two-time all-star A’ja Wilson who was unable to play in the game due to injury
Erica Wheeler’s performance consisted of 25 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds leading Team Wilson to a 129-126 victory over Team Delle Donne lead by six-time all-star and Washington Mystics small forward, Elena Delle Donne. After winning all-star MVP, Erica Wheeler spoke with Holly Rowe about what it means to win all-star MVP, especially as the league’s first undrafted player to win the award. When asked about how she has continued to persevere along her journey, Wheeler answered through her tears, “Just never give up, man. Just never give up.” She then proceeded to tell Holly that her mom is her motivation. Wheeler’s mother passed away due to cancer while Wheeler was still in college at Rutgers. “I just keep moving because I know she’s watching even more than ever so this one is ready for you, mom.” She then hoisted the MVP trophy above her head. This emotional moment touched the hearts of all WNBA Fans.
Wheeler has not only proven that she belongs in the WNBA but also that anything is possible for one that works hard and believes in themselves and that college basketball is not where journeys have to end. Her work ethic and dedication to achieving her dream after going undrafted are fantastic examples for female athletes who have a dream about playing professionally. Be sure to visit www.wnba.com for WNBA All-Star weekend highlights. You can continue to follow Erica Wheeler as she continues to work and grow with the Indian Fever throughout the remainder of the 2019 WNBA season.
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