Reax: No. 5 Slocum To Washington

Reax: No. 5 Slocum To Washington
Reax: No. 5 Slocum To WashingtonDestiny Slocum

Destiny Slocum is the highest ranked player to commit to Washington and could potentially be the program’s third All-American in four years. *Photo by Glenn Nelson.

Destiny Slocum was one of the biggest stories of the summer circuit coming out of July with her Boise Hoop Dreams club team. The Boise, Idaho, native put together one of the best summers of anyone in the country, elevating her to the No. 5 spot in the 2016 ELITE 60 rankings.

On Monday evening the 5-foot-7 point guard gave her verbal commitment to the University of Washington, choosing the Huskies over finalists Arizona, Duke and UCLA.

“It’s a place where I felt most at home. I see myself growing there and developing as a player and person,” Slocum said. The staff is amazing and I cliqued with them and had an immediate connection since I stepped on campus my sophomore year of high school.”

Slocum is the highest ranked player in the 2016 class to commit to date. The next highest commit is No. 14 Anna Wilson of Richmond, Va., who chose Stanford.

'16 ELITE 60 point guard Destiny Slocum.
*Photo by Glenn Nelson.

“I know this is something I’ve wanted for a while,” Slocum added. “I want to help build something great at Washington and I know there I can.”

Slocum won’t be starting from scratch when she reaches Washington coach Mike Neighbors’ locke room. She will play one year with the Huskies’ two current McDonald’s All-Americans, guard Kelsey Plum, who was Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season, and redshirt sophomore post Katie Collier.

Neighbors and his staff have a commitment from the No. 35 prospect in the 2015 ELITE 150, Deja Strother, the 6-5 post from Bothell, Wash. Washington is a finalist for two more ELITE 150 seniors, No. 54 Asha Thomas, a 5-6 point guard from Oakland, Calif., and No. 65 Katie McWilliams, a 6-1 wing from Salem, Ore., both of whom were in Seattle this past weekend for official visits.

Depending on how Washington ends up with its 2015 class, it could have a lot of scholarship cap room in the 2016 class. The Huskies are on the lists of No. 7 Sabrina Ionescu of Walnut Creek, Calif., No. 11 Amber Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, No. 30 Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks, Ala., No. 35 Kylee Shook of Colorado Springs, Colo., No. 50 Mikayla Pivec of Lynnwood, Wash., No. 55 Katherine Tudor of Woodbridge, Calif., and Mai-Loni Henson of San Diego, Calif., as well as International ELITE 25 prospect Aislinn Konig of Surrey, B.C.

Hansen is managing editor of and a McDonald’s All-American selection committee member. He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012. He can be reached at

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