Posted: 8:17 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

DeShields to transfer from North Carolina after one season 

By Todd Holcomb

Former Norcross basketball star Diamond DeShields is transferring from North Carolina after a freshman season in which she averaged 18 points and 5.4 rebounds for a team that was 27-10, the Raleigh News & Observer reported late Thursday.

DeShields was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification girls player of the year in 2013 and led Norcross to three state championships. She was one of the most recruited players in the country and in Georgia history.

“I do not know or understand why Diamond DeShields has decided to leave the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said in a statement. ”It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court. I love her and wish her well.”

Hatchell missed last season while receiving treatment for leukemia but is expected to return for the 2014-15 season.

 

7 comments
Onassis
Onassis

It looks deeper than the coaching situation. Its got to be her teamates and its got to be issues off the court. You don't have a super star that you ignore and not your offense thru,then a coach who has NO CONTROL over his team that they do whatever they want.All issues on the court. 


Then off the court haters (on the team)who envy you and bully younger players on the team to go against you. Maybe one day she will come out and say why she chose to do this.

Match369
Match369

come home please and play for UGA or GT

Match369
Match369

come home pleaseand pla or UGA or GT

foxdog
foxdog

Somebody wake Andy Landers up and tell him...He might want to see another top State of Georgia player go somewhere other than UGA again.

Alphadawg88
Alphadawg88

Either the coach is lying or totally clueless.  Either way, she is not running a tight ship and the inmates have taken over.  There is no way anyone leaves UNC without discussing it with the coach.  The team dynamic in girls basketball is a tough one to get right for each player in the recruiting process.  You have to spend all year including all the major winter holidays with a small group of girls and it's a nightmare if they don't all get along.  DeShield's AAU teammate Kylee Smith is also leaving Vandy after one year.   It is heartbreaking to see these girls so unhappy that they need to leave these great schools and start over.

Tobias10
Tobias10

Someone please make some sense of this.