Diamond DeShields

Diamond DeShields

Rank: 1

Class: 2013
Position: Guard
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Norcross, GA
High School: Norcross
Club Team: AOT Lady Rebels
Status: Signed
School: North Carolina
Schools Considered: Duke, Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee

North Gwinnett at Norcross Jan. 23, 2013

DeShields put up 25 points 5 rebounds and 3 blocks, handing North Gwinnett their first loss of the season. Norcross head coach Angie Hembree said, "Tonight Diamond showed why she is the number one player in the country."  In this game DeShields scored in a variety of ways, from behind the arc, in transition and in the mid-range.  Her speed in the open court is very diffucult to defend and she has one of the fastest releases on the pull up jumper -- nearly impossible to stop once she gets going.  - Kelly Kline

2012 Battle in the Boro 

DeShields, another North Carolina oral commitment, is becoming the consensus choice for most physically gifted player in the 2013 class. She is deadly once she works her way into the paint but her outside shot still needs to become more consistent. In some ways she is like a geyser in that she explodes and then becomes quiet for a while. Those quiet periods need to decrease some to insure becoming the top player in this class. - Bob Corwin

2012 Boo Williams Invitational    

When it comes to size and athleticism on the perimeter, it’s hard to look past Diamond DeShields.  While she scored her share of points in helping her team to win the Bronze Division, her defense and rebounding figured greatly into her making the All-Tournament team.  Her team lost two pool games in overtime so while they came out of the pool third, A.O.T. could easily have finished first.  DeShields still needs to be more consistent game-to-game and within games in her offensive production, still the very talented combo guard will likely wind up at one of the elite BCS college programs.  - Bob Corwin

2012 USA Basketball U17 Trials

Diamond Deshields is a superior athlete with total package, athletic build, great leaper, saw her knock down the midrange and 3-point shot, can attack and finish at the rim, able to find the basket in mid-air on shots, good rebounder, runs the floor like a cheetah on the prowl, good handles, good passer. Tendency to pick up silly fouls, must tone that down. Simply WOW. Her game and presence makes the Tar Heels a contender.  - Prentice Beverly

USA Basketball

Won gold as a member of the 2012 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team.  Won gold as a member of the 2012 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team.  Won gold as the youngest member on the 2011 USA U19 World Championship and won gold as a member of the 2010 USA U18 Championship Team.


Named a 2013 WBCA High School All-American

2013 WBCA/Statefarm player of the year

Named a 2013 McDonald's All-American

2013 McDonald's All-American nominee

In 2011-12 as a junior, Diamond led Norcross High School to a 26-6 record and the state semifinals. As a sophomore in 2010-11 DeShields guided her team to a 29-3 record, the regional title and a second consecutive Georgia Class 5A state championship (averaged 20.6 ppg. and 6.2 rpg).  As a freshman in 2009-10 DeShields averaged 17.6 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 2.6 spg. for Norcross High School enroute to a 29-4 record and the Georgia Class 5A state title.

High School Honors: 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year, 2011 Ms. Georgia Basketball, 2011 USA Today All-USA second team, 2011 Parade Magazine All-America fourth team, 2010 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class 5A Player of the Year, 2010 & 2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Georgia Class 5A first team (2010, 2011)

(Head shot provided by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball; Action photo by Kelly Kline)

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