Former Minnesota standout Destiny Pitts transferring to Texas A&M

Former Minnesota standout Destiny Pitts will transfer to Texas A&M, continuing a busy spring for the Aggies as they try to reload following Chennedy Carter's early entry in the WNBA draft.

A 5-foot-10 guard, Pitts was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year during the 2017-18 season. She was then a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2018-19 after averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in Lindsay Whalen's first season as Minnesota coach.

Pitts was Minnesota's leading scorer this past season at 16.3 PPG when she left the team after 15 games. Whalen initially suspended Pitts on Jan. 12 for what was described as "conduct unbecoming of the team."

Pitts subsequently announced that she would transfer and said in a statement that she was told the suspension was for bad body language during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 9.

After losing Carter to the WNBA draft, where the All-America guard was selected fourth overall by Atlanta, Texas A&M also saw Texas hire former Aggies assistant Vic Schaefer to reinvigorate that program.

In addition to having three incoming freshmen ranked among the top 100 in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Texas A&M responded first with the addition of Tennessee transfer Zaay Green, a top-10 recruit in 2018, and now with Pitts.

In 80 games for Minnesota, Pitts made 216 3-pointers.

"Destiny is going to offer us a lot," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said in a statement. "She is such a great 3-point shooter and has proven that in her last two and a half years at Minnesota. This is a kid that has played multiple positions from the two to the four, depending on what technique or scheme they were running. At 5-10 her versatility is what is really going to help us because she gives us the flexibility to move people around.

"We fell in love with her when we were watching film on her, and then when she came here on her official visit she fit in with our kids like a glove."

Both Green and Pitts will likely have to sit out the 2020-21 season. The NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote later this month on a one-time transfer waiver that could apply as soon as the upcoming season, but the NCAA Division I board of directors recently said it did not recommend such a change.