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Wilson Stays Home; Chooses South Carolina

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Geno Auriemma sensed for a very long time that UConn wasn’t going to get top-ranked A’ja Wilson. And his suspicion was confirmed Wednesday when the 6-4 forward from Heathwood Hall in Columbia. S.C., decided to stay home and go to USC.

“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 and 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.

In December, she set the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational single-game scoring record with 56 points. She also broke the four-game records for points (167) and rebounds (83) at the event, which is held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wilson is the WBCA, Parade Magazine and Naismith player of the year.

If she had choosen UConn, she would have completed another great recruiting class from the two-time defending national champions and helped fill the void left by the graduation of All-American Stefanie Dolson, who was selected sixth overall in the WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics on Monday.

The Huskies already will greet four big guards, Gabby Williams, Courtney Ekmark, Sadie Edwards and Kia Nurse, who is expected to be the point guard on the 2014 Canadian World Championship team this autumn in Turkey.

This still could still be a big weekend for the program. The Huskies are hosting the official visits of four of the nation’s top juniors, De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier, Haley Gorecki, and Katie Lou Samuelson.

Boykin, 6-3, was Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year and a member of the United States U-16 national team in 2013.

Collier, a 6-1 forward from St. Louis, is also considering Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Notre Dame.

Gorecki, a 6-0 guard from Illinois, averaged 22.6 points as a junior.

And Samuelson, a 6-3 forward, was California’s Gatorade Player of the Year at Mater Dei, the school that sent Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to UConn. She is also the sister of Stanford standouts Bonnie and Karlie Samuelsson.
But UConn fans will still get to see her twice in the upcoming seasons. The Huskies and Gamecocks begin a  home-and-home next season in Connecticut.

Telling Thoughts From Geno Auriemma

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As we await Wednesday’s college announcement on ESPNU (3 p.m.) by South Carolina high school star A’ja Wilson, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2014, I thought you might be interested in this stream of consciousness from Coach Auriemma.

What you will read has no direct connection with Wilson, who will chose between UConn, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, In fact, the question was about having 15 No. 1 draft picks in WNBA history and what that means to the program.

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ESPNU To Televise A’ja Wilson’s Announcement

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In case you missed it, South Carolina high school star A’ja Wilson will make her college choice official on ESPNU on April 16. The cable platform will carry her press conference live at 3 p.m.

Wilson had 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals and four blocks in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game. Sadie Edwards, one of four freshmen coming to UConn in September, had an assist and steal while playing for the East team

Wilson’s finalists are UConn, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

Three Huskies Are Wade Finalists; Wilson Decision April 16

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Three UConn players are among the dozen named by the WBCA on Thursday as finalists for the prestigious Wade Trophy – Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart

Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride of Notre Dame join Maggie Lucas of Penn State, Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper, Florida State’s Natasha Howard, South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, Odyssey Sims of Baylor Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas as finalists.

The winner will be announced during the Final Four.

Also, top-ranked high school prospect A’ja Wilson of South Carolina announced on Twitter Thursday that she will make her collegiate decision on April 16. Wilson’s list includes UConn, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina

A’ja Wilson’s South Carolina Weekend In Full Swing

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We told you last week that South Carolina high school star A’ja Wilson, the nation’s top-ranked and undecided post player, would be concluding her official visits this weekend at the University of South Carolina.

Here is a story from detailing her point of view about it.

Wilson will decide soon between UConn, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee

A’ja Wilson’s Normal Life Has Its Extraordinary Side

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There are elements in each day of A’ja Wilson’s life that make you to believe she bops to the beat of a typical high school senior.
She thinks about prom, her basketball team, going to the movies with her friends. She is a prolific social media maven, immersed in Twitter andits communicative cousins.
At Heathwood Hall in Columbia, S.C., she is dealing with the research and writing of her mandatory research senior project, a 15-page thesis on the impact of Title IX on basketball across colleges and universities the nation.
“That’s been one of my primary focuses,” Wilson said.
And so you might say she is dealing with all the normal stuff. Then take another look.

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UConn Would Consider Redshirt For Tuck

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When Geno Auriemma said Wednesday he was concerned the season was close “to getting away” from sophomore Morgan Tuck, he was referring to a decision Tuck and the staff may soon have to make about her future.
Tuck missed her fourth straight game against Memphis with a bone bruise of the right knee. She missed eight games early this season after arthroscopic surgery to her troublesome left knee, which frequently bothered her as a freshman.

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A’ja Wilson To Visit Tennessee This Weekend

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A’ja Wilson, the 6-4 post from South Carolina and top-ranked unsigned high school player, will visit Tennessee this coming week. She was originally planning to go to South Carolina the following weekend but said Sunday she had to reschedule. Wilson is down to UConn, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. … Meanwhile, the Huskies remain extremely high on Class of 2016 post Erin Boley of Kentucky. The staff saw her play this week in Naples, Fla., and has already offered her a scholarship.

A’ja Wilson Breaks Scoring Record At Myrtle Beach Classic

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UConn recruit A’ja Wilson of Heathwood Hall (Columbia, S.C.), the top-ranked unsigned player in the Class of 2014, set records last weekend at the Myrtle Beach Holiday Classic even though a loss to St. Joseph (Huntington, WV) ended it.

Wilson scored 56 points to break Ivory Latta’s record of 53 in a 85-82 loss on Saturday.  Latta, now an assistant coach at North Carolina and the point guard of the WNBA’s Washington Mystic, set the mark while playing for York (SC) High School in the 2002 tournament.  Wilson also set four-game tournament records with 167 points and 83 rebounds.

   Wilson was fouled with 3:41 remaining.  She hit the back of her head and had to leave the game for two minutes.