Destiny Adams, who played two seasons at UNC, going home to New Jersey, play for Rutgers

By R.L. Bynum

The Jersey girl is going home.

Destiny Adams, one of Carolina’s most aggressive and dogged defenders during her two seasons in Chapel Hill, will transfer to Rutgers University, where she’ll be a junior with three years of eligibility.

“Coming home,” Adams, from Manchester, N.J., posted on social media with a smile emoji in announcing her decision Saturday evening.

The 6–3 Adams scored 220 points in 61 career games for UNC, with 34 blocks and 73 steals. She was versatile last season for the Tar Heels, able to play on the wing and at the five spot.

After scoring all eight of her points in the fourth quarter of UNC’s 56-47 victory over N.C. State in Carmichael Arena on Jan. 15, she sprinted to the stands to hug her mom and sister. They had flown down to Chapel Hill that morning to see her play.

“I just wanted one more hug just to say goodbye, and I thought that was the perfect time to do it so I didn’t miss anything,” said Adams, in photo below cheering in front the bench, said that day.

Her career-high was 23 points last season against South Carolina State. She got a career-high six steals on Feb. 12 last season against Boston College and blocked three shots twice, the last time last season on Jan. 12 against Virginia.

Adams is one of two players from last season’s team to transfer, along with Kennedy Todd-Williams, who will play next season at Ole Miss.

Rutgers went 12–20 overall and 5–13 in the Big Ten last season, the first under head coach Coquese Washington.

Adams is Manchester Township High School’s all-time leading scorer, made the 2021 McDonald’s All-American team and was the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year.

UNC roster

Here is Carolina’s projected roster with their class for next season listed.

YearNo.Returning playersPos.Height
RS Soph.11Kayla McPhersonPG5–8
Senior25Deja KellyPG5–8
Soph.2Paulina ParisPG5–9
Senior1Alyssa UstbyF6–1
Senior31Anya PooleF6–2
RS Soph.13Teonni KeyF6–4
Senior0Alexandra ZelayaF6–4
YearNo.Incoming transfers
Sophomore24Indya Nivar (Stanford)G5–10
Senior20Lexi Donarski (Iowa State)G6–0
Junior5Maria Gakdeng (Boston College)C6–3
ESPN rankNo.Incoming freshmenPos.Height
30th10Reniya Kelly (4 star; Alabama POY)PG5–7
4Laila Hull (Indiana POY)W6–1
90th22Rylee Grays (4 star Alabama POY)F6–3
4th21Ciera Toomey (5 star)F6–4
15Sydney Barker (walk-on)PG5–7
ESPN rankClass of 2024
26thBlanca Thomas (5 star)C6–5
65thJordan ZubichG5–11
ESPN rankClass of 2025
20thLanie Grant (5 star)G5–9
College careers overPos.Height
Eva HodgsonPG5–10
Ariel YoungW6–1
Malu TshitengeF6–3
Outgoing transfers
Kennedy Todd-Williams (Ole Miss)W6–0
Destiny Adams (Rutgers)F6–3

Photos courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications



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