Former Maryland standout point guard Destiny Slocum committed to Oregon State Monday, according to her Twitter account.
— Destiny Slocum (@DestinySlocum24) May 1, 2017
Slocum announced she would transfer away from Maryland on April 4 along with sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie and freshman forward Jenna Staiti.
Slocum will have to sit out the 2017-18 season, per NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility left when she suits up for the Beavers in the 2018-19 season. The 5-foot-7 floor general will eventually fill the void vacated by Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese, who led the team in scoring and was named a second-team All-American in her senior season.
The Meridian, Idaho native made no mention of proximity to home being a reason why she left Maryland. However, she did end up at a school almost 1900 miles closer to her hometown. Slocum said in an interview with The Oregonian after her commitment that she didn’t leave College Park because she was homesick.
“If my ideal school that I liked was across the world, I would go,” she said.
Slocum will now bring the 11.5 points and six assists per game that she averaged in her freshman year with the Terps to an Oregon State team that without her went 31-5 last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 after earning a No. 2 seed.
Head coach Brenda Frese and the Terps recently picked up a commitment from class of 2017 point guard Channise Lewis to help fill the void left by Slocum, but Lewis will have some tough shoes to fill. Slocum was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and WBCA National Freshman of the Year during her mesmerizing first and only season in College Park.
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