22 July 2024

Over the last decade, South Carolina women’s basketball has produced multiple first-round draft picks out of its frontcourt. They’re the anchors of the program, pivotal parts of a team that has built an identity on playing through its bigs.

To be the top option in South Carolina’s frontcourt is to join a group of elite playmakers that has powered the Gamecocks to the consistent success they’ve experienced under coach Dawn Staley. It was center Alaina Coates, then forwards A’ja Wilson and Aliyah Boston. This season, it’s center Kamilla Cardoso.

Next year, that baton could very likely be passed to sophomore forward Ashlyn Watkins and junior forward Sania Feagin.

 

With the approaching exit of Cardoso, who recently announced she’ll forgo her last season of eligibility to declare for the WNBA draft, Feagin and Watkins – and sophomore forward Chloe Kitts – are next up.

Watkins and Feagin are South Carolina’s frontcourt enforcers, two of the most lethal shot blockers in the country, who have contributed greatly this season to the Gamecocks, who will play NC State in the Final Four on Friday. The chemistry they share as an increasingly impenetrable defensive duo comes from a bond that they’ve built off the court.

 

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