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Former McDonald’s All-American Destiny Adams transfers to Rutgers



Mar 20, 2023; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Eboni Walker (22) has her shot blocked by North Carolina Tar Heels guard Destiny Adams (20) during the first quarter of their NCAA second round game at Value City Arena. Photo credit Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

Rutgers women’s basketball received major news on Saturday as North Carolina transfer Destiny Adams announced that she was committing to the program.

The former McDonald’s All-American and high 4-star recruit from Manchester, New Jersey played two seasons for the Tar Heels. Adams was a key player off the bench this past season for a team that went 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks per contest in 17.2 minutes over 33 games played. Adams was second on the team in steals and blocks, which she ranked 16th and 23rd respectively in the ACC.

Adams saw her playing time increase during her sophomore season. She gave UNC a spark off the bench at times. She was expected to play a larger role next season. Her aggressive defense and toughness made her an important role player for the Tar Heels. In addition, Adams shot 58.3% from two-point range in making 42 of 72 shots from inside the arc. However, she struggled from three-point range in making just 11 of 42 attempts for 26.2%.

With two seasons of eligibility remaining, Adams  has an opportunity to play a major role for Rutgers moving forward. Head coach Coquese Washington will push the 6’3″ wing to achieve her full potential after a standout scholastic career in New Jersey. She was ranked 20th in the ESPNW Class of 2021 rankings and was the 2020-21 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Adams averaged 30.1 points, 18.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks as a senior at Manchester. She finished her career as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Also of note, Destiny’s brother is 5-star combo guard Darius Adams in the 2025 recruiting class. He is ranked the No. 21 recruit nationally and top prospect in New Jersey in the 247 Sports composite rankings. The Manasquan star reportedly visited Rutgers with his sister. He has indicated on social media previously he could go to the same school she chose to transfer to.

With All-Big Ten Freshman Kaylene Smikle set to return to Rutgers along with a few other key contributors from last season, Adams is a big addition. Credit head coach Coquese Washington and the staff for convincing such a high ceiling player to return to her home state. If Adams can flourish at Rutgers, it will be a positive example for Washington to use on the recruiting trail in recruiting New Jersey.

More to come in what should be a busy offseason on the recruiting front for Rutgers women’s basketball.

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