HONOLULU—(Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai‘i women's basketball head coach Laura Beeman announced the signing of Destiny King and Monica DeAngelis during the regular signing period. King will be an incoming freshman out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School and DeAngelis is a senior transfer from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, Calif.).
King is a 5-10 forward (Long Beach, Calif.) who will be a "utility" player that can play multiple positions. Last year as a senior, she averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals a game for the Jackrabbits. King was ranked the No. 43 forward in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz. Over her prep career, she helped lead Long Beach Poly to an overall record of 123-21—including a 48-0 record in league action. Last season, the Jackrabbits were ranked No. 7 in California and No. 20 nationally. King is an aggressive power player that attacks and has the ability to make plays in the paint. She is a physical player on both offense and defense with a knack for anticipating away from the ball that allows her to come away with steals. King can handle the ball well and is able to shoot consistently within 20 feet.
DeAngelis (Santa Monica, Calif.) will be transferring to Hawai‘i after three seasons at LMU. DeAngelis will be a fifth-year senior (medical redshirt freshman year) who graduated with a bachelor's degree in business this past year and will be pursuing a master's degree in education administration at UH. She has one season left of eligibility and will be immediately eligible to play for the Rainbow Wahine in 2012-13. DeAngelis is a 5-7 point guard/guard who last year averaged 5.8 points per game while shooting 31% from beyond the three-point arch and 77% from the free-throw line. After receiving a medical redshirt as a freshman, DeAngelis appeared in 72 games over the last three seasons with 66 career 3-pointers made. She is a veteran player with strong leadership qualities and will bring with her a solid work ethic and the ability to run the team on offense. DeAngelis can shoot the ball from the perimeter and possesses great ball-handling skills and will play either the point guard or two-guard position.
DeAngelis is a 2008 graduate and four-year letterwinner at Windward High School in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a McDonald's All-American Honorable Mention selection her senior year while garnering all-state honors her junior and senior years. DeAngelis earned All-CIF Divisions 4 and 3 and all-league all four years and was voted the league MVP as a senior. She left Windward with the most points scored in school history at 2,154 points.