Heathwood Hall retires A'ja Wilson's jersey
It's been a big 24 hours for South Carolina women's basketball star A'ja Wilson.
On Thursday night against Auburn, Wilson scored her 2,000th career point with the team... and then, with 16 seconds left in the game, sprained her right ankle after stepping on the foot of an Auburn player.
Friday night, however, was a happy one for Wilson. No worrying about whether or not she'd be ready for Tennessee or stressing about how her ankle was coming along.
She got to go back to her high school where Heathwood Hall was retiring her high school jersey.
"I feel old... I feel like I'm getting old," Wilson said. "The state championship was definitely one of the biggest things that I did here."
A lot has happened to Wilson since leaving Heathwood Hall. She's won multiple SEC regular season and tournament titles, won a national championship with South Carolina, and now, watched as her alma mater honored her with the retirement of her jersey.
"17-year old A'ja would be like 'Why are they retiring your number?'" Wilson joked. "She was kind of stubborn and mean so she probably would've thought that, but, at the same time, she would be just as happy as 21 (year old) A'ja is now."
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and the rest of the South Carolina women's basketball team was in attendance to watch Wilson be honored and Staley said it's an honor very much deserved for her star player.
"Heathwood Hall didn't take long to bestow this honor on A'ja," Wilson said. "I think her legacy will live on forever... I can safely say there probably won't be another player male or female that will contribute to Heathwood like A'ja Wilson."
As happy as the Heathwood Hall community was to celebrate the moment with A'ja, there was still that elephant in the room. What exactly is the status of Wilson's injury for Sunday's showdown against Tennessee. After all, she did accept the honor in a boot while having to ride on a scooter.
"I'm day to day," Wilson said. "I'm taking it all in... praying, praying, praying like no other. It is what it is. I can only control what I can control and from there, we'll see."
South Carolina is set to take on fellow top-10 foe Tennessee at 1 pm ET on Sunday, January 15th at Colonial Life Arena.