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Slocum set to compete for spot on USA Basketball women’s U-23 national team

Destiny Slocum hits 70-foot buzzer-beater against West Virginia

The Maryland women's basketball team was already enjoying a strong second quarter March 19 when Destiny Slocum (Mountain View High) scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot. Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, she stretched
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The Maryland women's basketball team was already enjoying a strong second quarter March 19 when Destiny Slocum (Mountain View High) scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot. Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, she stretched

Just as she did throughout her high school basketball career at Mountain View High, Destiny Slocum wowed fans and opponents in her first season of college hoops at Maryland.

Now the Idaho native could get a chance to see how her skills stack up at the international level.

Slocum was one of 40 elite college players chosen to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U-23 National Team Training Camp July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 40-player field, which was announced Tuesday, will be narrowed to 12 on Aug. 4. That squad will then compete in the U-23 Four Nations Tournament — including the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan — in a round-robin tournament Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo.

In 2015, Slocum was a member of Team USA’s FIBA U-19 World Championship team, but playing on the U-23 national team isn’t a guarantee for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Big Ten freshman of the year.

There are 22 international gold medalists invited to training camp, including two-time NCAA champion Gabby Williams (2015 and 2016) of Connecticut, 2017 NCAA Tournament champion A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and 2016 champions Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, both of Connecticut.

After averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 assists with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0 this past season, Slocum announced in May she will transfer from Maryland to Oregon State. She will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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