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A’ja Wilson statue installed at Colonial Life Arena in South Carolina

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Posted at 12:16 AM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 12:30:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — South Carolina Athletics installed a statue of Aces basketball player A'ja Wilson this week in front of Colonial Life Arena.

The bronze statue stands over 11 feet tall and sits atop a four-foot granite base.

The figure was sculpted by Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highwood, Ill., which has done many athletic statues, including Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen.

The Wilson statue has been in development for nearly a year, and installation began on Thu., Jan. 14.

Even before Wilson graduated from the university and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces, the idea of the statue was mentioned.

With her Gamecock career including the program's highest team achievements as well as her individual accolades, the project took hold quickly.

In the WNBA, Wilson made an immediate impact, capturing Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors in her first season (2018). Two years later, she was named WNBA MVP (2020).