Sabrina Ionescu isn’t the only women’s basketball player with some unfinished business.
Stanford announced earlier this week that point guard Anna Wilson has been granted a fifth year of eligibility and will return to the Cardinal in 2020.
“With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, there aren’t enough words to describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to return to Stanford,” Wilson said in a statement.
“Although there is plenty of uncertainty in this strange period of life, being with this team for another year and continuing to build bridges within this community is something I look forward to. Second opportunities come rarely, as life is proving that to all of us right now, so this gives me hope and I can’t wait to make more memories with this group of incredible people.”
Wilson played only 48 minutes of her freshman season while recovering from brain trauma. In a letter published via ESPN, Wilson detailed how concussions thwarted her career at Stanford.
“I went through an intense rehabilitation to recover from significant brain trauma,” Wilson said. “I went on to play three more years at Stanford. Along the way, my focus started to shift. My vision of who I am began to align with who I was becoming because of all the obstacles I overcame.”
She also spoke about living in the shadow of her brother, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The seven-time Pro Bowler has made frequent visits to The Farm to cheer on his sister.
“Over the years, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten much closer with Russell,” she wrote. “And I feel like his shadow, for me, has dissipated. I don’t feel like I’m living in it as much as I was in the past. I feel like I’m very much my own person now, following my own path.”
As a senior, Wilson averaged 14.0 minutes off the bench for the Cardinal. She recorded 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3. assists in 33 games. Now, Wilson will get another shot to finish the journey she’s started at Stanford.