MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama head women’s basketball Terry Fowler announced Wednesday a third addition to the program’s 2021-22 roster via transfer after Destiny Samuel signed a grant-in-aid with the school.
Samuel — who originally hails from Queens, N.Y. — is coming from Binghamton and currently has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“Destiny is a long, athletic, versatile player who can really shoot the three and can also slash and get to the basket. We haven’t had a player like her here who can do the things that she is capable of doing,” Fowler stated. “I’m excited about her versatility and her ability to both shoot the basketball and put it on the floor, and she can also guard two through four.”
Last season, her first with the Bearcats, Samuel averaged 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game while making 12 appearances. The 6-foot-2 forward finished with a season-high 11 points — going 5-of-6 from the floor including making her only attempt from three-point range — and also pulled down five rebounds against Stony Brook on Dec. 20, while in a Jan. 2 match-up with Hartford she recorded a double-double with 10 points and a season-best 10 rebounds. Samuel also had four points and six rebounds the next day to help Binghamton defeat the Hawks in a rematch, while she recorded six points on three occasions and had six boards in 13 minutes against UMass Lowell on Jan. 16.
She spent the previous two seasons at Temple, sitting out in 2018-19 before seeing action in three games for the Owls the following year. Samuel was a McDonald’s All-American nominee at Baldwin High School, where she helped lead the Bruins to both the state AA and New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations tournament championships on the way to a 26-1 finish.
South’s recruiting class for the fall now includes nine individuals, with Powell one of three transfers from another NCAA Division I school as Destiny Haymer (Tchula, Miss.) and Jaylin Powell (Raleigh, N.C.) will be arriving from Cincinnati and Elon, respectively. The group also features incoming freshmen Emani Burks (Melbourne, Fla.), Trinity Garrett (Spring Branch, Texas), Nadia Howard (Grayson, Ga.), Deborah Reese (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Jordan Rosier (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Tyrielle Williams (New Orleans, La.).
The Jags posted their fourth straight season with a record of .500 or better in 2020-21 after going 13-13.
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