Diamond  DeShields

11Diamond DeShields

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Norcross, Ga.

High School:
Norcross H.S.

Last College:
North Carolina

Height:
6-1

Position:
G

Career Highs

  • Points: 38 // NC St., 2/16/14
  • Rebounds: 12 // Michigan St., 3/25/14
  • Assists: 7 // Charleston So., 12/14/13
  • Steals: 5 // Arizona St., 11/29/13*
  • Blocks: 2 // South Carolina, 3/30/14*
  • Field Goals: 12 // NC St., 2/16/14*
  • 3-Pointers: 5 // Duke, 3/8/14*
  • Free Throws: 9 // UT Martin, 3/23/14*
  • Minutes: 40 // Arizona St., 11/29/13

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

CAREER HONORS

  • 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 List -- 2013-14
  • Naismith Award Midseason Top-30 List --2013-14
  • Preseason All-ACC -- 2013-14
  • ACC Newcomer Preseason Watch List -- 2013-14

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 journalism and electronic media.
  • Recipient of Landauer & Schmidt Winners' Circle Scholarship.
  • Follow @DDeShields23 on Twitter and @dddeshields on Instagram.
 

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