Muskogee to celebrate local WNBA athlete

Aaliyah Wilson may be living in Indiana now and playing in major arenas, but the WNBA star got her start shooting hoops in her backyard in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 
          Her hometown of Muskogee will honor her on Saturday, July 17 during a welcome home celebration where the Mayor will present a proclamation declaring July 17, “Aliyah Wilson Day” and present her with a key to the city. 
            “We are blessed as a community to see Aaliyah in the WNBA,” said Muskogee Mayor Marlon J. Coleman.  “We want it to be a very special day for her.” 
            Wilson, who graduated from Muskogee High School in 2016, went on to play college basketball at Texas A&M, before landing a first round draft spot on the Seattle Storm.  The Seattle Storm then traded Wilson to the Indiana Fever where she made her WNBA debut after being sidelined for a short time with an injury.  During her time at Muskogee High, she led the team to three state tournament appearances, was named a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic All-American.  She also participated in the USA Olympic Trials in 2016 and 2017. 
            Saturday’s events will kick-off at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by Mayor Coleman and remarks by Wilson.  There will be food, music and entertainment. The day will conclude with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  The event will be held at Rotary Park, located at the corner of Elgin and 24th Street in Muskogee.  The public is invited to attend.