Top Recruit A’ja Wilson Turns Down UConn, Will Attend South Carolina

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McDonald’s High School All American guard A’ja Wilson poses for photos on portrait day at the Marriott Hotel. (Brian Spurlock / USA Today Sports / March 30, 2014)

A’ja Wilson, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2014, announced Wednesday she will play college basketball at South Carolina at a press conference at her school, Heathwood Hall in Columbia. S.C., and televised by ESPNU.

“There is really no place like home,” Wilson said after making the announcement.

Wilson, a multi-talented 6-foot-4 wing, chose between UConn, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. She averaged 35 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks as a senior and led her team to a state championship and ranks second in school history in career points and first in career rebounds and blocks.

She is also a veteran on USA Basketball programs, having played last summer on the U19 world championship team in Lithuania. She averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds during the team’s run to the gold medal. UConn’s Morgan Tuck, Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart were her teammates.


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