This year’s national freshmen in Maryland and an All-Pac-12 choice in the last two seasons at Oregon State, Destiny Slocum will play their final season at a college college in Arkansas.
Arguably the most wanted player to put his name on the transfer portal since the end of the season, Slocum announced his decision in a Twitter post on Saturday.
– Destiny Slocum (@ DestinySlocum24) April 18, 2020
The fifth 5-foot-7 year guard will qualify for the 2020-21 season as a graduate transfer.
Slocum’s decision brought a college career that was frequently visited, something close to a full circle. As a high school student, Meridian, Idaho, a product that was verbally committed to the University of Washington before reopening recruitment and settling in Maryland. Now after an additional stop at Oregon State, he will finally play for Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors, who held the same role in Washington when Slocum was a high school recruitment.
Arkansas did not immediately confirm Slocum’s decision. But in a timestamped tweet six minutes after Slocum’s announcement, Neighbors posted GIF himself pumping his fist.
Slocum leads the State of Oregon in scoring goals and helping in every two seasons on the field. Last season he averaged 14.9 points and 4.7 assists and was the most productive Pac-12 shooter 3 points. Oregon State is ranked No. 14 in the country when the NCAA tournament was canceled.
Slocum is the choice for all conferences and won the honorable WBCA All-America award from both seasons at Oregon State. As a freshman in Maryland during the 2016-17 season, he was the WBCA New Student of the Year and the recipient of the All-Big Ten best team award.
He offered no reason for his decision to leave Oregon State when he entered the transfer portal last month. After leaving Maryland for Oregon State, he told ESPN he was in a hurry to choose college and was too fixated on the WNBA and “how did I get there soonest.”
In this case, he chose the transfer portal and finally Arkansas instead of entering the WNBA draft on Friday.
His decision was a big boost for the Arkansas program which has increased steadily in the three seasons under Neighbors and will again become the top scorer and Chelsea Dungee’s second-choice SEC team. The Razorbacks finished with a record 24-8 last season, including 10-6 in the SEC – the program’s first record victory in conference games since the 2011-12 season.
The addition of Slocum must help offset the loss of senior Alexis Tolefree, who is second in the team in scoring goals. The Razorbacks also have no player record of more than 100 assists – and assist leader A’Tyanna Gaulden entered the transfer portal last month. Slocum achieved at least 150 assists in each of his first three years.
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