Univ. of South Carolina plans to build statue of A'ja Wilson

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds the trophy as she and her teammates celebrate a win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- The University of South Carolina announced Saturday that the school plans to build a statue for Gamecock great A'ja Wilson.

USC President Harris Pastides made the announcement shortly after Wilson received her diploma at graduation, to ensure the legacy of the national player of the year will never die.

The plan is to have the statue located outside of Colonial Life Arena. No timetable has been placed on when the statue would be built as the project must be approved by USC's board of trustees. According to USC, the statue will be built completely with private money.

A Columbia-native, Wilson helped South Carolina win the 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball championship and left as the school's all-time scoring leader. Wilson was a three-time All-American and SEC Player of the Year award winner and won every National Player of the Year award this past season. She was the No. 1 pick this past spring in the WNBA draft for the Las Vegas Aces.

Wilson will join football great and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers as the only Gamecock athletes to have statues built of them.

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