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USC's Dawn Staley Says A'ja Wilson Deserves a Statue

Should A'ja Wilson get a statue? Dawn Staley says without a doubt.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gamecock's Head Coach Dawn Staley says star A'ja Wilson should stick around permanently.

With a statue, that is.

Staley spoke Monday night as Staley was presented in person with the Naismith Citizen Trophy, which goes to the best player in college basketball.

The ceremony was held in front of the Colonial Life Arena, which of course is where the Gamecocks play. And Staley says what better place to put a statue in Wilson's honor.

"We need an A'ja Wilson statue right outside of here!" Staley told the crowd who came to watch Wilson pick up her trophy.

She even suggested a course of action to make that happen.

"I need you to flood President [Harris] Pastides emails and at the same time CC [Athletics Director Ray] Tanner and let them know how much you want an A'ja Wilson statue outside Colonial Life Arena," she said.

So far, just one South Carolina Gamecock has been honored with a statue: 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. His likeness now resides in a plaza outside Williams-Brice Stadium.

Wilson certainly has the resume: she's been a national champion, a 3-time All-American, and a unanimous national player of the year. No Gamecock in the history of the program can lay claim to that level of success.

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