Gilmer Guard + Internet Star Destiny Brooks Commits To CSUN
Destiny Brooks took the basketball world by storm on Labor Day with a video that left many strangers agitated at the fact she had no major college athletic opportunities.
Eight months later, after 14 consecutive 3-pointers, 30,000 retweets and 45,000 likes, there's finally resolution.
Gilmer's senior guard and East Texas' most viral athlete in history gave her verbal commitment Monday to California State-Northridge in favor of other fairly late NCAA Division I scholarship opportunities from Appalachian State and Dartmouth.
Brooks (5-5) announced the decision to join the Matadors program, based in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, through her personal Twitter account.
CSUN finished the 2016-2017 season with a second-round loss in the Big West Conference Tournament and an overall record of 18-14. A one-point Long Beach State win ended the Matadors' season, and Long Beach State ultimately advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the league's automatic qualifier.
The Matadors have made three NCAA Tournament trips of their own, including back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015 under current coach Jason Flowers.
In addition to visiting seven other California cities for conference games, Brooks will get to play a league contest annually at the University of Hawaii. All eight of CSUN's conference opponents also will visit Los Angeles.
CSUN's 2017-2018 schedule is not yet finalized, but the team got around last season. Major non-conference opponents faced on the road included Fresno State, Stanford and Washington.
Michigan State visited the Matadors at home.
Brooks is eligible to sign with CSUN or any other school that offers her immediately. The signing window for seniors with Division I women's college basketball offers closes May 17.