From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Mountain View (Meridian, Idaho)
Greatness Present: It’s no great surprise considering her already-stellar prep career, but Destiny Slocum is now making a habit of showcasing some serious moves on the court.
Of course, the existing resume is well-known: The senior point guard and Maryland signee’s recent track record includes a Class 5A Idaho state title as a junior and 2015 USA Basketball FIBA U19 World Championship this past summer. What’s more, the 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year trophy resides in Slocum’s collection of hardware, and she’s making a case for another one in the early-going of the 2015-16 season.
Her latest exploits came at December’s Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz., where she averaged 21.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and six assist per contest to earn All-Tournament honors. Slocum nearly pulled off a quadruple-double in a 78-69 win over Cardondelet (Calif.) at the tournament, notching 27 points with 10 boards, 10 assists and seven steals.
So far this season, Slocum is averaging 23 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game for the Mavericks (8-4), proving exactly why the future Terrapin is a top-10 national recruit.
Greatness Past: Slocum helped Mountain View to its first-ever Class 5A state title in 2015, scoring 26 points with 10 rebounds in a 66-53 win over Boise in the title game. She was also a member of the 2015 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that breezed to a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in Chekhov, Russia this past summer. Slocum tallied the fourth-highest assist total on Team USA despite averaging just 13 minutes per game.
Greatness Future: Slocum has committed to Maryland after fielding multiple Division 1 offers.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.