Aug. 3, 2016
By Lisa D. Mackey
University of South Carolina women’s golf coach Kalen Anderson knew she had found the perfect player for her team one evening watching her play in one of the most-hyped high school events of the year.
Only it wasn’t on one of the Palmetto State’s many lush golf courses where Katelyn Dambaugh sealed the deal for her future college golf scholarship. It was actually on the hardwood floor of a gym with her high school, Pinewood Preparatory School, facing Columbia’s Heathwood Hall and 6-foot-5 star A’Ja Wilson. Wilson, then the nation’s No. 1 women’s basketball recruit, was being courted to play for the hometown Gamecocks as well as every major power, including the University of Connecticut, one of the preeminent dynasties in college sports.