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      Heathwood sends off A'ja Wilson to McDonald's All-American game

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- Heathwood Hall faculty, staff and students gathered in the school's dining hall Wednesday morning to send off one of their stars. A'ja Wilson is heading to Chicago to play in the McDonald's High School All-American Game on April 2.

      Wilson had an incredible senior season for the Highlanders and helped lead them to a state championship this year.

      Now, the 6-4 senior is preparing to play against the best players in the country, and she's ready for the challenge.

      "These girls are going to be the ones I play against at the next level," Wilson said. "I'm excited and ready to play and get to know them."

      After she finishes in the Windy City, the clock will start ticking for the biggest decision of her life: college. Wilson has narrowed her choices to USC, North Carolina, Tennessee and UConn.

      With the recent success Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks have had, it can only help their process of trying to sway the top prospect in the country.

      "I remember just seeing Coach Staley's first year at South Carolina and not many people were in the stands," Wilson said. "To see how far they've come is a good thing for a recruit."

      The Gamecocks hope that turn around will keep the hometown kid at home.

      ESPNU will televise the McDonald's All-American Games and the girls will tip off at 6 p.m.