Walker earns a second chance at a playing contract for WNBA’s Dallas Wings ahead of 2022 season.
A North Carolina and Notre Dame women’s basketball alum, Destinee Walker continues to carve out a place for herself in women’s basketball. After playing three seasons with North Carolina and transferring to Notre Dame, Walker was named ALL-ACC Honorable Mention and led her team in scoring with an average of 14.5 pts per game.
After such a standout season, there was no question on Walker’s future when she signed a training camp contract with WNBA’S Dallas Wings in 2021. Unfortunately, she was unable to land a roster spot for the season, but that did not deter her from playing professionally. Walker kept her eyes on the prize and landed a roster spot in Athlete Unlimited Basketball’s inaugural season.
Athlete’s Unlimited is a pro sports league that features a fantasy-style game play where players are awarded individual points for their performance. This year was the inaugural season of AU Pro Hoops, featuring 44 basketball players from various leagues including the WNBA, as well as some Olympic medalists and MVPs. Walker played an impressive five weeks with AU Hoops and landed in 13th place out of 44 athletes. Her average over 15 games included 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 40.6 percent from the 3-point line.
Walker proved herself to be a force to be reckoned with by knocking down threes left and right in her games, and apparently the Dallas Wings thought so too. Walker was one of seven AU players to sign a training camp contract with the WNBA. Now the question is, will she be successful in landing a playing contract ahead of the 2022 season?
While there isn’t much information on why she was previously waived in 2021, it is obvious that her playing time with AU Hoops gave her the boost she needed to earn a second chance with the Dallas Wings. Her jumper has certainly improved since her days with Notre Dame, where she only shot 38.5 percent from the 3-point line in her final season. But will her improvements be enough? It depends on a few different aspects; the WNBA Draft is swiftly approaching and there are three other athletes—Chelsea Dungee, Morgan Bertsch, and Unique Thompson—who are fighting for spots too.
One thing is certain, Walker showed up to AU Hoops and showed out, and her accomplishments in this short season are to be celebrated. She would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Wings as she executes patience on the court and makes excellent shot selections. She plays with a strong dose of energy and consistency that could be a big asset to a Wings team looking to put together a squad that can go all the way this year.