The spring of 2014 was a busy one for then-Heathwood senior A’ja Wilson, as she followed up her first SCISA State Championship with National Player of the Year awards from MaxPreps, USA Today, The Naismith Trophy, among others. It appears that the spring of 2018 could be more of the same, as Wilson claimed the USA Today National Collegiate Player of the Year award today, becoming the first South Carolina Gamecock to earn the award!
Wilson has built an unprecedented resume during her tenure at South Carolina. After signing her letter of intent with USC in front of over 1,000 in the HHES Athletic Center (broadcasted live on ESPNU), A’ja earned four 1st-Team All-SEC nods, three SEC Player of the Year trophies, two SEC Tournament MVP’s, two SEC Defensive Player of the Year awards, and was named the 2017 Final Four Most Oustanding Player. In her tenure, she became the all-time leading scorer in SC history, leading the Gamecocks to three regular season SEC Championships, four SEC tournament titles (the first time done in the history of the conference), two trips to the Final Four, and the 2017 NCAA National Championship.
This spring, Wilson joined fellow HH alums Brionna Dickerson (’05) and Corey Littlejohn (’11) in having their jerseys retired. A’ja and the Gamecocks are fresh off of their SEC Tournament title, and await their seeding in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.