Daily Sports Smile: WNBA guard Aari McDonald inducted into Arizona Wildcats Ring of Honor

Aari McDonald scored a game-high 26 points for Arizona.
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WNBA guard Aari McDonald received special recognition this weekend. McDonald was inducted into the Arizona Wildcats Ring of Honor after a stellar collegiate career.

She joins an impressive list of Arizona legends. The list includes current Arizona head coach Adia Barnes in the Ring of Honor at the McKale Center.

McDonald helped put Arizona in the national spotlight. She led the Wildcats to the 2021 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game and set numerous records along the way. McDonald set the program's single-season scoring record and became the first Wildcats player to score 40 points in a game.

In her career, McDonald was a three-time AP All-American. She was also named the 2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year and won consecutive Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors as well.

The Wildcats honored McDonald with a well-deserved ceremony after a 60-52 victory over Washington State. The program crafted a video tribute and unveiled McDonald’s name in the rafters.

“Thank you guys for everything,” McDonald said in addressing the crowd. “I am forever indebted to Tucson and the fans.”

McDonald recently finished her WNBA rookie season with the Atlanta Dream. She was selected third overall in the 2021 WNBA Draft and appeared in 30 games with the organization. McDonald averaged 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and two assists while shooting 32.2% from the field.

“We always talk about in our program leaving a legacy,” Barnes told the home faithful. “She did just that.”