Diamond  DeShields

11Diamond DeShields

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Norcross, Ga.

High School:
Norcross H.S.

Last College:
North Carolina

Height:
6-1

Position:
G

Career Stats At North Carolina
Season GP-GS Min FGs FG Pct 3FGs 3FG Pct FTs FT Pct Reb RPG Asst TO Blk Stl Pts PPG
2013-14 36-32 27.9 248-582 .426 48-172 .279 104-134 .776 41-153 5.4 92 122 10 61 648 18.0
TOTAL 36-32 27.9 248-582 .426 48-172 .279 104-134 .776 41-153 5.4 92 122 10 61 648 18.0

Career Highs

  • Points: 38 // NC St., 2/16/14^
  • Rebounds: 12 // Ole Miss, 1/12/17*
  • Assists: 8 // LSU, 2/2/17*
  • Steals: 7 // ETSU, 12/2/15
  • Blocks: 3 // Notre Dame, 1/16/17*
  • Field Goals: 14 // Georgia, 2/5/17
  • 3-Pointers: 5 // Duke, 3/8/14*^
  • Free Throws: 13 // Miss. State, 1/8/17
  • Minutes: 47 // Georgia, 2/5/17

* Indicates most recent high / ^ Indicates at UNC in 2013-14

CAREER HONORS

  • WBCA Honorable Mention All-American -- 2016-17
  • WBCA All-Region Team -- 2016-17
  • Coaches All-SEC First Team -- 2016-17
  • AP All-SEC Second Team -- 2016-17
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2016-17
  • Dawn Staley Award Midseason Watch List -- 2016-17
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List -- 2016-17
  • John R. Wooden Award Preseason Watch List -- 2016-17
  • Naismith Trophy Preseason & Top 30 Watch Lists -- 2016-17
  • Wade Trophy Watch List -- 2016-17
  • Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2016-17
  • AP Preseason All-American Honorable Mention -- 2016-17
  • Media Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2016-17
  • espnW Preseason No. 8 Player" -- 2016-17
  • NCAA Sioux Falls Regional All-Tournament Team -- 2015-16
  • SEC All-Tournament Team -- 2016
  • AP All-SEC Second Team -- 2015-16
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2015-16
  • Wade Trophy Watch List -- 2015-16
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale Preseason & Midseason Watch Lists -- 2015-16
  • Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 Watch List -- 2015-16
  • Naismith Trophy Watch List -- 2015 -16
  • John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 Watch List -- 2015-16
  • Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2015-16
  • Media Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2015-16
  • espnW Preseason All-America Second Team -- 2015-16
  • AP Preseason All-America Honorable Mention -- 2015-16
  • College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Second Team -- 2015-16
  • College Sports Madness Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2015-16
  • Member of espnW's "Starting Five" -- 2015-16
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year -- 2013-14
  • espnW National Freshman of the Year -- 2013-14
  • Full Court National Freshman of the Year -- 2013-14
  • Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention Team -- 2013-14
  • Full Court Freshman All-America First Team -- 2013-14
  • Full Court All-America Honorable Mention -- 2013-14
  • ACC Rookie of the Year -- 2013-14
  • All-ACC First Team -- 2013-14
  • ACC All-Freshman Team -- 2013-14
  • All-ACC Tournament -- 2013-14
  • Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week -- 2013-14
  • ACC Player of the Week -- 2013-14 (Feb. 11)
  • NCAA.com National Player of the Week -- 2013-14 (Feb. 11)
  • USBWA and espnW National Player of the Week -- 2013-14 (Feb. 17 & 18)
  • John R. Wooden Top-15 Watch List -- 2013-14
  • Naismith Award Midseason Top-30 Watch List --2013-14
  • Preseason All-ACC -- 2013-14
  • ACC Newcomer Preseason Watch List -- 2013-14

2016-17 - REDSHIRT JUNIOR

  • Named to the 2017 Coaches All-SEC First Team and AP All-SEC Second Team after averaging 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game during the regular season as a redshirt junior.
  • Posted all-around performances all season, leading the team in scoring in 10 games throughout the season and 11 times in steals, both of which were team highs. Also finished with the second highest totals in assists (16) and blocks (13).
  • Scored double-digits in 26 games during the year, including a team-high 11 times with at least 20 points.
  • DeShields led Tennessee and ranked fifth in the SEC in scoring at 17.4 points per game. That average is the highest by a Lady Vol since Candace Parker put up 21.3 per game in 2007-08.
  • She also ranks ninth in the league in assists (3.8 apg.), 10th in free throw percentage (.791), 12th in field goal percentage (.423) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg.), and tied for 16th in rebounding (6.4).
  • Posted 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in Tennessee's first-round win over Dayton in the NCAA Tournament, while also scoing her 1,000th point as a Lady Vol in the contest.
  • Tallied 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals versus Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
  • Dropped 20 points, six assists and five boards to help the Lady Vols upset #3/2 Miss State on the road.
  • Led UT to a fourth-quarter comeback win over Florida behind 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists.
  • Was injured in first quarter vs Alabama and missed the remainder of the contest as well as the Arkansas game.
  • Shot lights out in UT's win over Missouri, hitting 75 percent of her shots for 22 points to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
  • Scored a season-high 34 points on 14 made field goals, a career high, against Georgia to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
  • Posted an all-around performance to help lead Tennessee past #4 South Carolina on the road, totaling 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
  • Dropped an SEC-high 27 points in Tennessee's wire-to-wire win against Florida, marking the fifth time in the last eight games she has eclipsed the 20-point margin.
  • Narrowly missed a triple-double on the road against Auburn, posting 17 points, nine rebounds and a career- high eight assists. She also tied her season-high in steals (4) and 3-pointers made (3).
  • Had eight points, five rebounds and a block while going 4-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's 15-point comeback victory over #6 Notre Dame. Finished with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
  • Posted her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds, which tied a career high, at Ole Miss.
  • Enjoyed an all-around performance against Vanderbilt, producing 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
  • Returned strong in UT's win over #17/23 Kentucky after missing the last two games, totaling 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and a block.
  • Tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals while playing 40 minutes against #10 Stanford. She was playing with a heavily taped hand which she injured vs. App. State.
  • Notched 15 or more points in five of the past six games.
  • Recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks vs. TSU.
  • Shot 11-16 from the floor and scored 28 points as she recorded her fourth career double-double with 10 rebounds and six assists in the win over ETSU.
  • Tied a career high with three blocks and added 10 points and five assists while converting a three point play to cap a 9-0 run that led to a win over JMU.

2015-16 - REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

  • Has tallied 1,162 career points, which is the fourth-most by a player completing her sophomore season at Tennessee.
  • Led the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), steals (1.6 spg) and three-pointers made (36) while also averaging 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists during the 2015-16 season.
  • Scored in double digits 28 times while crossing the 20-point plateau 10 times with 30+ point games against ETSU and Stetson.
  • Team leader in scoring 20 times while also pacing the squad in assists nine times and steals 12 times.
  • Posted double-doubles against Texas (11/29) and Syracuse (3/27).
  • Named to the NCAA Sioux Falls Regional All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points, 7.5 boards and 6.0 assists in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
  • Averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game during the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
  • Notched her third career double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists vs. Syracuse in the NCAA Elite Eight.
  • Tallied 10 points, five rebounds and tied a career high with seven assists in the win over #9 Ohio State.
  • Notched 18 of her 24 points in the second half and tallied three steals in the win over Arizona State.
  • Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals over three games.
  • Notched 22 points and five rebounds in the SEC semifinals against Mississippi State.
  • Scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting while also grabbing six rebounds and handing out a team-high four assists in the Lady Vols' SEC Tournament quarterfinal win over Texas A&M.
  • Became only the sixth player to surpass 1,000 points while in her second season as a Lady Vol and the 45th UT player to reach it in her career when she hit a three-pointer with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter against LSU on 2/21.
  • Recorded 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a career-high seven steals against ETSU. The seven steals tied for 13th all-time in Lady Vol history and tied for fifth amongst UT sophomores.
  • Went 11-of-17 from the field, including hitting 9-of-10 from inside the arc and 6-of-6 at the free throw line, to record her fourth career 30-point game against Stetson.
  • Totaled 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in the Lady Vols' win over Auburn.
  • Tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds against Texas to record her second career double-double.
  • Posted a team-high 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with seven boards against Georgia on Feb. 28.
  • Scored 21 points, including 15 in the second half, as UT tried to mount a comeback vs. #3/2 South Carolina.
  • Notched 17 points, five rebounds and five steals on 7-of-13 shooting against Notre Dame.
  • Led the team with 14 points, nine rebounds and a career-high three blocks while icing the game with two late free throws in the 53-50 win at #7/7 Oregon State.

2014-15 - SOPHOMORE AT TENNESSEE

  • Redshirted, per NCAA transfer rules, after departing North Carolina following the 2013-14 season to join the Lady Vols.
  • Chosen as one of three SEC student-athletes to represent the league on proposed governance rule changes under the NCAA's Div. I autonomy process.

2013-14 - FRESHMAN AT NORTH CAROLINA

  • Named national freshman of the year by a number of organizations.
  • Selected as an honorable mention All-American by Associated Press and Full Court.
  • Only first-year player on 2014 John R. Wooden Top-15 List.
  • Named to the All-ACC First Team and All-Freshman Team.
  • Averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a freshman at North Carolina in 2013-14.
  • Shot 42.6% from the field and 77.6% from the free throw line for the Tar Heels.
  • Set four ACC freshman marks, including points (648), field goals (248), field goals attempted (582) and double figure scoring games (32).
  • Averaged 21.3 points per contest during the ACC Tournament for North Carolina, earning all-tourney accolades.
  • In ACC play, she averaged 19.8 points per contest to lead all freshmen.
  • Named espnW National Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after her 38-point effort (the highest single-game effort ever by a UNC freshman) keyed the Tar Heels to an 89-82 win at NC State.
  • Tallied 30 points vs. No. 3 Duke on Feb. 10.
  • Posted 24 points and 12 rebounds vs. Michigan State in the 2014 NCAA Second Round.
  • Scored 19 points as UNC ousted top-seed South Carolina from the 2014 NCAA tourney.

USA/AAU BASKETBALL

  • Five-time gold medalist with USA Basketball.
  • A member of the victorious 2015 USA World University Games Team alongside UT teammate Mercedes Russell and with Holly Warlick serving as an assistant coach.
  • Saw limited time at that tournament due to injury but provided leadership from the bench.
  • Led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championships and was named tournament MVP.
  • Also won gold at the 2012 USA 3x3 U18 World Championships, as the youngest member of the 2011 U19 World Championship Team and with the 2010 U18 Championship Team.
  • Played in the summer for the Georgia Pistols (2007 AAU national champions), Georgia Elite (2008 AAU national runners-up) and Georgia Ice (2009 AAU national champions).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Ranked No. 3 in 2013 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100.
  • Rated as a five-star recruit on that list and the No. 3-ranked guard.
  • All-Star Girls Report ranked her the No. 2 player in the nation.
  • WBCA High School Player of the Year (2013).
  • Naismith Girl's High School Player of the Year (2013).
  • USA TODAY All-USA Player of the Year (2013).
  • WBCA All-American (2013).
  • McDonald's All-American (2013).
  • Parade Magazine All-American (2010, 2013).
  • USA TODAY All-USA Team (2011, 2012, 2013).
  • ESPN Rise National Freshman of the Year (2010).
  • Gatorade State Player of the Year (2011).
  • Miss Georgia Basketball (2011, 2013).
  • Georgia Sports Writers Association Class 5A Player of the Year (2010, 2012).
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Georgia Class 5A first team (2010, 2011, 2012).
  • Averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.8 assists as a senior in leading Norcross to its third state title in four seasons.
  • Put up 20.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists per game as a junior in 2012.
  • Scored a school-record 2,324 points at Norcross.

PERSONAL

  • Full name is Diamond Danae-Aziza DeShields.
  • Announced decision to transfer to UT from UNC on June 12, 2014.
  • Born on March 5, 1995, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Parents are Tisha and Delino DeShields.
  • Has two brothers, Delino Jr. and D'Angelo, and two sisters, Denim and Delaney.
  • Mother was an All-America track & field athlete (heptathlon, 1991) at Tennessee.
  • Father played 13 years of Major League Baseball with stints in Montreal, L.A. (Dodgers), St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago (Cubs).
  • Her brother, Delino, Jr., was selected by the Houston Astros with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft and now plays outfield for the Texas Rangers.
  • Majoring in communication studies.
  • Recipient of the Tom and Peg Haynes Olympic Development Endowment..
  • Follow @DDDeshields on Twitter and @dddeshields on Instagram.
 

HAPPENING NOW

  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago