WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Former Purdue women’s basketball standout April Wilson inked her first professional contract this week, signing with Spanish team Ponce Valladolid for the 2016-17 season. Ponce Valladolid is in the Level 2 League in Spain, and the deal makes Wilson the fourth former Boilermaker to sign to play professionally in Europe this year.
Wilson wrapped up an outstanding Boilermaker career in 2016, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors and leading the team back to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year hiatus. She became the fourth player in program history to earn Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors, and became the 29th player at Purdue to crack the 1,000-career point mark, finishing 22nd all-time with 1,200 points. She’s 1-of-5 players in the Boilermaker record book to finish with at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals in her career, and is the first player to lead Purdue in scoring, assists and steals since Katie Douglas in 2001.
Joining Wilson overseas are former teammates KK Houser and Camille Redmon, as Houser will play in Romania this season, while Redmon is also set to play in Spain. Whitney Bays was signed to play in Poland this year as well, but will miss the season due to an injury. With Bays, Redmon and Wilson signing their first professional contracts, they become the 13th, 14th and 15th players under Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp to sign professional contracts.