A'Ja Wilson Will Play at USC

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Healthwood Hall's A'Ja Wilson, the number one girl's basketball prospect in the nation, said Wednesday that she'll play college basketball at South Carolina.

She chose her hometown Gamecocks over North Carolina, Connecticut, and Tennessee.

"There's just no place like home," Wilson said.

Wilson made her decision official at a news conference inside a packed gymnasium at her school. Owing to her stature nationally, the announcement was also carried live on ESPNU.

The senior averaged 34.4 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 5.4 blocks in leading her team to the South Carolina Independent Schools AAA state title this spring.

She racked up multiple honors along the way, including being named Parade Magazine girls basketball player of the year, the 2014 the American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Basketball Team, and being picked to play in the McDonald's All-American game.

As soon as the announcement came down, South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley simply tweeted, "BOOM!."

"[South Carolina's] just a great program, and Coach Staley's really starting out something great, and I just love to be a part of it," Wilson said.

Staley and the Gamecocks are coming off arguably their best season ever, finishing at 29-5 after winning the SEC regular season title and making it to the Sweet 16.

Getting Wilson helped USC rise to number two in ESPN's basketball class rankings.

Even USC President Harris Pastides couldn't contain his excitement, tweeting a picture of he and his staff celebrating.


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