Girls High School Basketball

Mountain View High’s Slocum commits to Maryland

Mountain View High senior Destiny Slocum called Maryland head coach Brenda Frese on Saturday morning and asked her if she still needed a point guard.

Frese began screaming on the other end of the line — it was a yes.

Slocum, the No. 4 women’s basketball recruit in the country according to ESPN.com, originally committed to Washington last fall. But she reopened her recruitment in April.

After taking an official visit to Maryland in June and re-visiting Washington in July, Slocum said the decision continued to weigh heavy on her mind.

“I have been having a battle in my head the past two months. After I took my Washington visit about two or three weeks ago, I was like ‘Mom, I just don’t know where to go,’ ” Slocum said. “My mom was like, ‘Just go where your heart tells you.’

“I’ve always had this connection to Washington, but there was something about Maryland that just pulled me in.”

The Terps have made back-to-back appearances in the Final Four and finished last season 34-3 overall and 18-0 in the Big Ten.

Slocum joins a recruiting class for Maryland that includes verbal commitments from players ranked No. 17, No. 25, No. 40 and No. 82 in ESPN’s rankings.

“It is such a relief. The first time I made my commitment to Washington, it was a relief, but I always felt like I was missing something,” Slocum said. “But I feel like on this one I’m not missing anything. I feel like I’ve found my whole piece.”

The 5-foot-7 point guard, who starts her senior season at Mountain View this winter, led the Mavericks to their first state title in school history last season, averaging 25.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She then spent this summer playing for Team USA as a late addition at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Russia, where she won a gold medal.

It was the first time in Slocum’s career that she hasn’t been a starter.

“Coming off the USA bench and barely getting minutes, most people would take that as ‘Oh, I’m not good,’ ” Slocum said. “But I saw it kind of as like a different perspective of life. This is why I worked hard my entire life, to overcome things like this. I really enjoyed the emotional, mental aspect of it. Basketball life is awesome.”

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