Across sports and around the country, people connected to South Carolina are gearing up for A’ja Wilson’s Senior Night on Thursday.
That includes two huge names in USC men’s basketball: coach Frank Martin and former star Sindarius Thornwell.
Late Wednesday night, Thornwell, now a guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, tweeted out a message for Wilson, repeatedly calling her the “GOAT,” for greatest of all time, and praising her for her storied career with the Gamecocks.
“From the time she stepped on campus she’s been nothing but great,” Thornwell wrote.
Thornwell and Wilson were friendly during their time on campus together, and this is not the first time he’s proclaimed her to be the goat.
Also on Wednesday night, Martin was asked about Wilson and her legacy after his team beat Georgia at Colonial Life Arena.
“Her family, her, they’re just incredible people. It’s takes courage — I know Dawn was good, their program was already good when she signed up to come here, but they had not been to a Final Four yet — and to say no to UConn, to stay home, says a lot about who she is and her family, what they’re about, and how proud they are as South Carolinians to wear that uniform,” Martin said.
Martin also praised Wilson as “phenomenal” and unbelievable.”
“She’s got this uplifiting personality, she makes everybody feel good, and then her talent as a player. She’s such an engaging person,” Martin said.
Wilson plays her final regular season home game on Thursday when the Gamecocks host LSU at Colonial Life Arena. A Senior Night ceremony is scheduled for 6:10 p.m., and tipoff will be at 6:30 p.m.