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A'ja Wilson discusses her battle with Dyslexia

'I'd be a completely different person if it wasn't for her': A'ja Wilson talks Dyslexia and Coach Staley's impact

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson (22) waves after her team defeated Rutgers at the Gulf Coast Showcase NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Estero, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) South Carolina's A'ja Wilson (22) waves after her team defeated Rutgers at the Gulf Coast Showcase NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Estero, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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It's no secret that Gamecock star  A'ja Wilson will play a huge role in pulling off the upset against UConn. She battles on the court, but she also battles a huge obstacle in the classroom.

Wilson recently opened up to the Players' Tribune that she's struggled with Dyslexia.

Wilson says it makes focusing hard for her. She has to up her game even when the game isn't going on.

She also mentioned how head coach Dawn Staley pushes her on and off the court. Staley would have Wilson read scripture in the locker room before games, eventually easing her fear of reading in front of people. 

"Over the years, coach Staley has become like my second mom," Wilson told the Players Tribune. "And she has helped me with so much on the basketball court that I don’t think I ever directly told her how important she has been in helping me deal with the things that aren’t related to basketball...And the truth is that I’d be a completely different person if it wasn’t for her."

Coach Staley responded in a tweet.

The USC vs. U-Conn game is on ESPN March 26 at 7 p.m.

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