UConn wanted her. UConn tried hard to get her. North Carolina gets her next season.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association has selected Diamond DeShields of Norcross (Ga.) High the 2013 State Farm®/WBCA High School Player of the Year.
“Congratulations to Diamond for earning the top award for high school basketball players,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “She has set high standards for current and future high school student-athletes to pursue greatness in a game that is rapidly excelling. The WBCA wishes Diamond the best on her future in college and in the game of women’s basketball.”
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard, who has signed with North Carolina, is ranked No. 3 overall in the country and No. 1 for her position by ESPN HoopGurlz.com.
DeShields has led the Norcross Blue Devils to a 25-5 record on the season. She is averaging 26 points per game, 7 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.8 assists. She helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championships, where she was named the tournament MVP.
DeShields so far has scored over 2,100 points and is the all-time leading scorer in Norcross history, and ranks third in Gwinnett County history. She has been named a 2013 Naismith award finalist, a 2013 WBCA All-America member, a 2013 McDonald’s All-America representative, 2013 Miss Georgia Basketball and was chosen to the 2012 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls High School Basketball Team.