Mountain View's 70-foot shot-maker Destiny Slocum leaving Maryland

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Freshman Jenna Staiti also has been granted permission to transfer.

"I'm grateful for my time at Maryland and the opportunity", she said. "We will continue to play at the Maryland standard we've set for our program". I had many long conversations with her over the season, and we spent a lot of time together.

The High profiled guard decision to leave Maryland is due to her wanting to be closer to her family.

In her first and only season at Maryland, the Slocum averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 assists per game, earning her Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Our staff is proud of the commitment we put into Destiny's development and all the accomplishments she achieved this season from Big Ten Freshman of the Year to WBCA National Freshman of the Year. "I've talked with my family and (Maryland) Coach (Brenda Frese) a great deal and have made a decision to continue my college career elsewhere".

"She's special. No question about it", said Frese.

But Maryland's roster will be unusually devoid of star power heading into 2017-2018, given Slocum's transfer and the graduation of senior All-Americans Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

She started in nine games at Maryland as a freshman and averaged 10.9 minutes and 5.1 points. No one else averaged more than 9.7.

Slocum was brought onto the Maryland squad with five other freshmen as the top recruiting class in the country. We have tremendous depth on this team.

Slocum sank a 70-footer before halftime in a win over West Virginia in the NCAA tournament. I would also like to thank my teammates for being the awesome support system and family away from home to me.

"It is always hard to see young people leave your program, but after many years in coaching and life experiences, I have a much broader perspective on life and the challenges that come along the way", Frese said. She had helped nurse her mother through breast cancer and had grown up with her father coaching her every day. "I feel like it never gets quiet".

Frese thanked the three transferring players for their contributions.

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