NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women's basketball team received a roster boost in the form of fifth-year transfer Destinee Walker. The move from North Carolina to the Notre Dame was made official on Friday morning. Walker, a 5'10" guard out of Orlando, will be eligible to compete right away for the 2019-20 season.
Walker was the 17th nationally-ranked recruit out of high school (according to ESPN) where she earned McDonald's All-American and Naismith honors along the way. In addition, she was named the Florida 4A Player of the Year for both her junior and senior years, leading her Lake Highland Prep squad to a state championship in her senior season.
In her first year with the Tar Heels, Walker was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. She led the team in double-digit scoring games with 28, which included a career high of 32 points. She also ranked sixth in the ACC in free-throw percentage at 81.3 percent.
Walker averaged 12.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a sophomore, registering four 20-plus point performances to her name. A knee injury then took Walker out for the final 10 games of the season, in addition to the entire 2017-18 season, which she redshirted. Walker then saw a limited 39 minutes of action last season.
All-in-all, in 57 career contests at UNC, Walker was a 43.8 percent shooter from two-point range and a career 78.3 percent shooter from the free-throw line. She was twice selected as the team's Defensive Player of the Year.
Walker will join returnees Kaitlin Cole, Mikayla Vaughn, Abby Prohaska, Katlyn Gilbert, Danielle Cosgrove and Jordan Nixon, along with incoming freshmen Samantha Brunelle and Anaya Peoples.