60 for '16: Mountain View point guard Destiny Slocum

60 for '16: Mountain View point guard Destiny Slocum

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60 for '16: Mountain View point guard Destiny Slocum

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Destiny Slocum - Mountain View High School point guard.

Destiny Slocum – Mountain View High School point guard.

USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.

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PLAYER PROFILE:

Name: Destiny Slocum
School: Mountain View (Idaho)
Sport: Girls’ Basketball
Position: Point guard

What we’ve seen: Slocum is a five-star prospect and the fourth-best player in the Class of 2016, per ESPN’s rankings. She averagied 25.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She led Mountain View to a 26-1 overall record and isn’t committed to a college yet after she re-opened her recruitment in April by decommiting from Washington.

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Her 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Class 5A state title gave Mountain View its first-ever championship and she earned her second consecutive First-Team All-State honor.

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Why we’re watching: Slocum shows an ability to not only get to the rim and finish with one hand, but also a proficiency for losing her defender off the dribble and pulling up from deep. She can open eyes with no-look passes to open teammates on the low block, and should go to a premier powerhouse once she chooses a school. She told Gannett affiliate KTVB.com that if she’s meant to be at Washington, then she’ll end up there but wanted to make sure she was making the right decision.

In an espnW feature, Slocum said that if she stays out West, she’ll play for Washington but that she’d have a better chance of developing on the East Coast. Interestingly, she noted how UConn isn’t an option because she wants to make a name for herself and do something that’s never been done before. The Huskies have won three consecutive national titles.

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