Destiny Slocum is a tremendous basketball talent and a wonderful person. The redshirt-junior from Meridian, Idaho can take over a game and has a variety of tools in her talent basket.
Destiny was slated to be a big-time contributor to the next Oregon State Women's basketball team this fall. Now she says she wants to leave Oregon State:
Thank you Beaver Nation 🧡 pic.twitter.com/8btFXDgMhP— Destiny Slocum (@DestinySlocum24) April 2, 2020
I was blindsided by the announcement. I do know once you enter the transfer portal you can change your mind. According to the NCAA rules regarding the portal:
If student-athletes withdraw from the portal, the original school can return them to the roster and restore athletics aid if it chooses. - NCAA
I am sure there many members of Beaver Nation who would like to see that happen. But the tweet sounds like she has made up her mind. We can wait to see what is next. In a release put out by the Oregon State Athletic department head coach Scott Rueck said:
I appreciate everything Destiny means to our program and our family. I support her decision to explore her options as she is assessing what is best long-term for her career.
So we can only speculate on what is next for Destiny. I can only say I have heard rumors but I don't deal in guessing games. What I can do is lay out what is next for Oregon State's basketball team without a Destiny Slocum on the roster.
Slocum, Kat Tudor and Mikayla Pivec is quite a trio. How will Scott Rueck and his coaching staff fill the void left by their departure from Corvallis?
Aleah Goodman is of course a tremendous point guard and shooting guard. She is fourth all-time in the number of three pointers made at Oregon State and first all-time in three point shooting percentage. Remember the seven three-point performance January 30th in Boulder:
After Aleah there are a ton of questions about depth at the guard position. Jasmine Simmons will be entering her junior season. The 5'"11 inch guard from Muldura, Australia can hit the three and is pretty impressive on the boards. She averaged 12.3 minutes per game last season.
Noelle Mannon is a walk-on sophomore who provided some spark off the bench in her limited time on the floor. She played in 15 of the 32 games. One of the keys will be the incoming freshman and how quickly they adapt to the college games. Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown showed that it can happen quickly.
Sasha Goforth is a five-star recruit who is rated in the Top 20 in just about every recruiting poll in the nation. She is really excited to get going in Corvallis :
"I chose Oregon State because of the bond I formed with the coaches during the recruiting process, the great team spirit and family atmosphere, the outstanding fan base, and the opportunity to come in and compete for national championships," Goforth said. "I also appreciated the attention that the coaches showed to defensive play and how they described how my game fits with their philosophy on both sides of the ball. Corvallis is a beautiful town and while it was hard to make the decision to leave my home state, Oregon State offered everything I was looking for. I am excited for the opportunity
Sasha helped Fayetteville High School to an Arkansas state title in 2017. Here is the most recent video I could find of Sasha playing last summer in the FAA finals playing for the Arkansas Banshees.
So the guard position takes a big hit with the departure of a ton of talent. But the future looks pretty bright with Goforth's arrival and the recent commitment by another five-star recruit Greta Kampschroeder who will join the Beavers in 2021.
The rest of the team includes the return of redshirt Junior Taya Corosdale who missed virtually all of last season with a hamstring injury. Taylor Jones, who made the Pac-12 all-freshman team will be a big factor inside. Jelena Mitrovic the 6-9 Freshman who sat out her first year in Corvallis with a knee issue will be ready to make an impact. Kennedy Brown suffered the torn ACL. She has had surgery but her status regarding next season is unknown at this time. Will she be ready or not. Stay tuned.
Destiny Slocum isn't the first Oregon State player to enter the transfer portal. Breanna Brown did the same thing in 2017 transferring to Georgia Tech. I had a chance to see her in Berkeley this past season she has fond memories of her days as an Oregon State Beaver.
I wish Destiny the best. She was a standout representative of the Oregon State Women's basketball team on and off the court. It will be fascinating to see if she does change her mind or play somewhere else. The portal has become a popular avenue for college athletes. According to an inside source, 480 players in all sports are in the portal right now. Perhaps the unknown regarding COVID-19 is a factor. That is a guess.
We'll keep you up to date on the future of Destiny Slocum and her ultimate decision right here on the NBC sports northwest website.