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Dawn Staley, South Carolina pick up former McDonald’s All-American transfer

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College basketball players are using the player transfer portal to look for what they want for their future.

South Carolina women’s basketball has once again dipped into the transfer market, as Dawn Staley received a commitment from former Texas guard Destiny Littleton.

Staley hinted at the news in a tweet early Sunday, Littleton tweeted a picture of herself in a South Carolina uniform Monday, and Littleton’s high school coach and mentor, Marlon Wells, confirmed the move to The State.

As a sophomore at Texas, Littleton averaged 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, playing 33 contests while starting 12 and shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3.

Those numbers marked a massive improvement from a quiet freshman campaign in Austin, in which she only played eight games and scored 17 points all season.

As a high schooler, Littleton was a McDonald’s All-American and a consensus five-star recruit. ESPN ranked her as the 33rd best player in her class and ninth at her position, while Prospects Nation pegged her at No. 19 overall and second-best at guard. She set the California high school record for scoring, tallying more than 4,300 points in her career and averaging 42.7 points per game as a senior.

Staley has previously said she wanted to add a transfer with the ability to play immediately for South Carolina, either as a graduate transfer or with a waiver from the NCAA. Wells told The State that Littleton hopes to apply for a waiver.

South Carolina lost three players to transfer this offseason, most notably guard Te’a Cooper, last season’s leading scorer. Rising senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan also entered the NCAA transfer portal before reversing course and deciding to stay with the team.

With the addition of Littleton and five incoming freshmen that make up the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, the Gamecocks are currently set to have 12 players on their 2019-2020 roster.

Littleton continues a run of transfers Staley has used to bolster her rosters over the years — the Gamecocks took in seven transfers over the previous four seasons.

South Carolina women’s basketball advanced to its sixth consecutive Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament in 2019 and recorded a top-two finish in the SEC regular season for the sixth year in a row.

Greg Hadley is the beat writer for South Carolina women’s basketball and baseball for GoGamecocks and The State. He also covers football and recruiting.
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