By Carl Adamec
There’s no doubt that the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program made a good impression on A’ja Wilson.
Now the Huskies hope it lasts until she makes her college choice.
Wilson, a 6-foot-4 forward from Hopkins, S.C., and the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2014, took her official visit to Storrs last weekend. She plans to travel to the University of North Carolina this weekend and take her final three official visits at the conclusion of her senior season at Heathwood Hall High.
“The UConn staff was spectacular with their presentation of their program and its history,” Wilson’s father, Roscoe, said today. “It was a chance for A’ja to get an understanding and perspective of the kind of coaches that she’ll be dealing with. I thought the visit went great. We learned a lot.
“UConn has set the bar high, and that’s good.”
The Wilsons took in UConn’s annual First Night program at Gampel Pavilion and watched the Huskies’ practice. They also met with athletic director Warde Manuel as well as with people on the academic side.
“We sat in on a three-hour practice, from 12-3, and we were not bored for one second,” Roscoe Wilson said. “We were just taking it in and a minute wouldn’t go by where you didn’t learn something. A lot of it was simple stuff, and I’ve been around.”
Roscoe Wilson played basketball at Benedict College (S.C.) and professionally for 10 years in Europe.
“After we were talking about the 1970s New York Knicks,” Wilson said. “We went to Geno’s office and it’s like the Louvre with everything he has there. He’s a very special person. You can see why he’s so successful.”
A’ja Wilson was joined on her official visit by the three UConn commits from the Class of 2014 — Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark, and Gabby Williams.
As a junior, Wilson averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, five steals, and three blocked shots per game in leading Heathwood Hall to a 27-7 record, the regional championship, and state final.
This summer she represented her country for the first time and averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in helping Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA U-19 world championships in Lithuania. She was the youngest player on the team. Wilson’s teammates included current Huskies Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck, and Moriah Jefferson.
UConn will receive an official visit from Kia Nurse, a 6-foot guard from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the weekend coinciding with the Huskies’ regular season opener against Hartford Nov. 9.