A'ja Wilson: being a Gamecock was 'the best four years' as she leaves lasting basketball legacy

A'ja Wilson: being a Gamecock was 'the best four years' as she leaves lasting basketball legacy

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Gamecock women basketball team is holding their heads high after another successful season under Coach Dawn Staley that ended after an Elite 8 loss to UCONN, 94-65, in the NCAA tournament on Monday.

Now for the first time in four years, Gamecock nation will be looking ahead to life without star A'ja Wilson. Wilson took to Twitter Monday night after Carolina's lost.

She thanked her coaching staff, her teammates, and Gamecock nation - showing appreciation for fans being loyal to the team.

Wilson leaves a lasting impact at the university, leading USC to a National Championship and winning many individual honors, including National Player of the Year. Wilson received a nice ovation when she was removed from the game against UCONN on Monday.

"My four years at South Carolina has been the best four years of my life," Wilson said after the game. "I don't regret anything and it's just been a lot of fun and when I committed I would never have imagined going to two Final Fours, going to Sweet 16, going to Elite 8."

She said there are so many things she's going to miss about wearing USC's colors.

"Oh man, I don't think I can pinpoint. Just wearing it. I'm gonna miss that," Wilson said. "I gonna support of course, but I know this is going to follow me wherever I go but just the feel of it. Just the feel of just home. The family feels about it I think that's very special. I think no one really understands that until they get in it."

Wilson will continue to play basketball, both in the WNBA where she's expected to be the no. 1 overall pick and with Team USA coached by Dawn Staley.

The WNBA draft will be held on April 12 in New York City.

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