6-5 A’ja Wilson of Heathwood Hall, considered the top female high school player in the country for the 2014 class, spurned three traditional heavyweights in women’s college basketball for one of the new kids on the block, which happens to be located just a few blocks from her home.
At a news conference at her school televised by ESPNU, Wilson announced a commitment to USC over North Carolina, Connecticut and Tennessee. The addition of Wilson gives USC coach Dawn Staley one of, it not the best, recruiting class in the country for 2014.
“I’ll be attending the University of South Carolina,” Wilson announced, a proclamation greeted by wild cheers from fellow students in the gym. “It was just a great program and there’s no place like home,” Wilson later said in a press conference. “They are on the rise and I would just love to be a part of it. Coach Staley just done such a great job turning the program around and I thought that was my best fit.”
Wilson was a McDonald’s All American this season. She averaged 35 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks per game this season. She also was a member of the 2013 under-19 USA World Championship basketball team which won the gold medal in Lithuania.