A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, says she will play for South Carolina.

Wilson told a news conference Wednesday that she would stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. The announcement ended nearly one year of speculation.

Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.

The Gamecocks won 29 games in the just concluded season, and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Dawn Staley's team reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

South Carolina lost one senior from that team and Wilson's choice means the Gamecocks have signed four players ranked in the top 35 recruits.

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