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Ashlyn Watkins

  • position Forward
  • height 6-3
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Columbia, S.C.
  • High school Cardinal Newman
  • position Forward
  • height 6-3
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Columbia, S.C.
  • High school Cardinal Newman

Ashlyn Watkins Bio


At South Carolina
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2023)

High School
McDonald’s All-America
South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (2022)

Bio Information

Freshman Year (2022-23)

  • Helped team to program-record 36 wins, including perfect 16-0 slate in SEC action, seven wins over ranked opponents, an SEC Tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Final Four for the third-straight season
  • Part of team that set program records for points scored, rebounds and rebounding margin in addition to an NCAA record for blocked shots per game
  • Played in 32 games, scoring in double figures seven times, including two SEC games … saw action in 14 SEC games, two SEC Tournament games and four NCAA Tournament contests
  • Made NCAA Tournament debut against Norfolk State (Mar. 17), including a team-high three blocks
  • Was a force in the fourth against Florida (Feb. 16), putting up nine of her 12 points and 10 rebounds to earn her second career double-double, in addition to a block. steal and assist all in just 16 minutes of play
  • Aggressive and efficient against Kentucky (Feb. 2), including four of the team’s first six points in the second quarter
  • Was first off the bench against Missouri (Jan. 15) and picked up 10 of her 13 points in the second half, going a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 at the free throw line in a new career-high 26 minutes
  • Scored the last three points of the first half at Mississippi State (Jan. 8) on a 7-0 run to give the Gamecocks a six-point lead heading into the locker room
  • Had a career day against Coastal Carolina (Dec. 21), tallying 16 points with half coming in the second quarter, including her own 6-2 run to put the Gamecocks up 30, adding three blocks and three assists
  • Posted her first career double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds at Cal Poly (Nov. 22)
  • Scored 10 of her 14 points at Clemson (Nov. 17) in the fourth quarter on 3-of-4 shooting, including her first career 3-pointer and turning one of her three steals in the period into the program’s first dunk
  • Had herself a game against Hampton (Nov. 27), tying a career high 14 points to lead the team for the first time in her career, appearing in a new high of 22 minutes
  • Made her college debut in the season opener against East Tennessee State (Nov. 17), netting double figures

High School

  • Ranked the No. 4 post player and No. 12 player overall in the Class of 2022
  • Named a McDonald’s All-America (2022) and won the event’s dunk contest
  • Helped team to four -straight SCISA Class 3A state championships
  • Is Cardinal Newman’s all-time leading scorer (1,740) and rebounder (1.341) and amassed 366 blocked shots in her career
  • Posted 20.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a senior (2021-22)
  • Also guided CN’s volleyball team to a state title (2020) and a runner-up finish in 2021