MANCHESTER, NJ — Manchester Township senior Destiny Adams has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina, where she will continue her academic pursuits and play for the Tar Heels’ basketball team.
The letter of intent finalized the commitment she made to UNC in April 2020, after her junior season ended when the NJSIAA state playoffs were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Adams averaged 18 points and 11.7 rebounds a game and scored her 1,000th point during her junior season, as the Hawks won a sectional championship. As a sophomore, she helped Manchester win the Shore Conference championship and the state Group 2 championship.
Read more about Adams’ career and commitment in this piece by Nick Jensen, assistant editor of the Talon 2.0, Manchester High School’s student newspaper. It is published with permission from Jensen and the Manchester Township Schools.
On July 8, 2010, the entirety of the basketball universe was locked in to ESPN for the long awaited “Decision” by Lebron James. As Jim Gray mentioned during the interview, fans were on pins and needles just wondering for months, where was Lebron going to end up? For the town of Manchester, Destiny Adams is our Lebron James, except she didn’t decide to take her talents to South Beach. Instead, she decided she would take her talents to the University of North Carolina.
It wasn’t a matter of if Destiny would commit to a Division 1 school, but when. Pretty much since the day she woke up to play her first high school basketball game, many fans, colleagues, and teachers speculated about where she might end up going to college. Anyone who heard and glimpsed even a sprinkle of what Adams can do on the court, knew that if she stayed healthy for most of her high school career they might as well chalk it up to death, taxes, and Destiny Adams commiting to a D1 school.
Back in April of 2020, just weeks after her sparkling junior season was cut short due to COVID-19, Adams announced the biggest news of her life: Her verbal commitment to UNC. Unlike Lebron James, nobody burnt Destiny Adams jerseys to ash, but instead, everyone was beyond ecstatic for her and I can imagine many 2021 Manchester alumni will be heading to the UNC shop and purchasing themselves a jersey with Destiny’s number 20 come Winter 2021.
Realistically, Adams could have chosen to bless almost any top-notch women’s collegiate basketball program with her breathtaking talents, but she chose UNC. “The coaching staff really stood out to me when I picked UNC … choosing a school where I feel comfortable and at home was a big factor in my decision making process,” Adams said. It wasn’t just the coaching staff that stood out to Adams. She also mentioned how family-oriented UNC is, her coaches introduced all the players already so they can get to know each other far before they step onto the court and compete for championships together.
Out of everyone waiting to see Destiny…