Destiny Slocum is leaving the Maryland women’s basketball program, and when she hits the floor again, she’ll do so for Oregon State.
Blessed #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/eO1s385JHK— Destiny Slocum (@DestinySlocum24) May 1, 2017
Slocum averaged 11.5 points and a team-high six assists per game in her only season with the Terps. She took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and won the WBCA National Freshman of the Year award after the season. The nation’s No. 7 recruit started all 34 games she played in, and she helped lead Maryland to a 32-3 record and a Sweet 16 berth.
After the season, however, the Meridian, Idaho, native was one of three players to transfer from the program, joining forward Kiah Gillespie and center Jenna Staiti. Slocum left because Maryland “wasn’t the right fit,” and she was reportedly considering a handful of programs west of the Mississippi, which would bring her somewhat closer to home.
Oregon State is still roughly a three-hour plane ride from Meridian, but this seems like an ideal fit. The Beavers went 31-5 this season, and with guard Sydney Wiese now in the WNBA, Slocum figures to be one of the team’s biggest stars as soon as she’s eligible.
Maryland found a new point guard in four-star 2017 recruit Channise Lewis, but Slocum will still be missed. A 2017-18 season without her ankle-breakers and three-quarter-court heaves is less than ideal. When she returns, though, she’ll be in a good basketball and geographic position, and that’s what matters most.