COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s first commitment of the spring signing period has a local flair.
Charleston’s Elysa Wesolek, a 6-2 forward who prepped at Northwood Academy, flipped her commitment from Western Kentucky to the Gamecocks on Monday night. The three-star forward thanked Lady Toppers coach Greg Collins for releasing her from her signed letter-of-intent in a message on Twitter, and then declared her new commitment to USC.
“Because of the coaching change, I asked to re-open my recruitment,” Wesolek said. “I asked in early April, I was able to get it, USC came in and I went ahead and went on an official visit.”
Wesolek finished her visit Sunday and committed Monday. She graduates May 26 and plans to enroll for USC’s first summer session in the first week of June.
Wesolek joins Destanni Henderson and Victaria Saxton in the class with three more scholarships to give. The Gamecocks are expected to host at least one graduate transfer in the coming weeks.
Northwood coach Ginnell Curtis said that USC is getting a versatile player who can score inside and out.
“She can shoot the outside shot, the 3-pointer, the 15-footer,” Curtis said. “She can post up, and she’s 6-2, so that’s a plus.”
Wesolek is a three-star forward rated 47th overall at her position. She averaged a near double-double this year (18.5 points, 9.2 rebounds) and was named SCISA 3A Player of the Year.
The Lady Chargers were denied in their quest to win four straight state championships after Cardinal Newman beat them in the semifinals, but Wesolek still leaves Northwood with three championship rings. She joins a USC team that has won four straight SEC Tournaments and the 2017 national championship.
“It feels great, just knowing how Dawn Staley and her staff have worked very hard to build up a great tradition,” Wesolek said. “I want to be a part of it, because I’m used to winning.”
Wesolek can immediately help a USC post game that needs depth. The Gamecocks stand to have six forwards next season, but only Alexis Jennings and Lele Grissett are true posts who have played a lot of minutes. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan is more of a stretch-four with a terrific jump shot.
Sophomore LaDazhia Williams didn’t play much last year after an early injury while Saxton and Wesolek will be freshmen.