Columbia, SC, United States (4E Sports) – A’ja Wilson, the top recruit in the 2014 class, will play for South Carolina, head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced.
“I am overjoyed with A’ja and her family joining our Gamecock family,” Staley said. “She represents South Carolina on so many levels, and we’re so glad the entire state will see her career unfold on our campus.”
According to Staley, Wilson has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the university and play for the Gamecocks. She will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
The 17-year-old Wilson’s addition improved the Gamecocks’ recruiting class ranking to No. 2 in the nation.
“I will be attending the University of South Carolina,” said Wilson, who chose South Carolina over Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. “There’s really just no place like home.”
The 6-5 Wilson capped her high school career by leading Heathwood to the independent schools Class AAA state title, averaging 34.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.
With her performance, she earned several awards, including the Naismith National High School Player of the Year and WBCA Player of the Year and Parade Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
She was named to the USA Today’s All-USA Girls Basketball Team and posted 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the McDonald’s All-America game in Chicago earlier this month
Wilson was one of just three players from the Class of 2014 selected for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship team. She averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds in helping that team to a gold medal.