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Huskies miss out on top recruit. Don't send flowers though...

POSTED April 17, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: So they don’t get every blue chip prospect out there.

The nation’s top women high school recruit, A’ja Wilson has decided against playing at the University of Connecticut this winter, instead choosing to stay near home by playing at South Carolina.

Wilson made the announcement at her high school, Heathwood Hall on Tuesday afternoon, a decision that had been much awaited and televised on ESPNU.

She had led Heathwood to a State title this spring, averaging 35 points per game with 15 boards and five blocked shots per game.

At 6’4”, Wilson would have given the Huskies another big underneath to replace graduated and WNBA bound Stefanie Dolson.

But the lure of playing near her home for a rising Gamecock program made her decision and easy one in the end.

“There’s just no place like home,” Wilson said after her announcement.

The Gamecocks were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by rival North Carolina and return an All-American in junior Tiffany Mitchell.

Don’t start feeling bad for the Huskies though, their 2015 recruiting class is thought to be one of the strongest ones in a good while.

Gabby Williams, Courtney Ekmark, Sadie Edwards and Kia Nurse are all guards but with Breanna Stewart, Kiah Stokes, Kaleena Mosquida-Lewis and a healed Morgan Tuck down low, the Huskies have plenty of shot blocking power down low.

Add any of those four to backcourt options led by junior Moriah Jefferson, Brianna banks and Saniya Chong and you can see why the sympathy cards will not be mailed out any time soon to head Coach Geno Auriemma and his staff.

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