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Diamond DeShields

As of Oct. 9, 2019.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2019 FIBA AmeriCup All-Star Five, 2012 FIBA U17 World Cup MVP and All-Star Five.
  • Gold medals:  2019 FIBA AmeriCup, 2015 World University Games, 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, 2012 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup and 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Is 33-2 in games played in a USA Basketball uniform.
  • 2018-20 USA National Team:
    • One of 12 athletes who will take part in the USA's 2019 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament games. 
    • Member of the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team that finished with a 6-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA AmeriCup in San Juan, Puerto Rico; started all six games and averaged team second-bests of 9.8 ppg. and 3.3 apg., and was named to the all-tournament team. 
    • Named to the 2019-20 USA National Team on March 12, 2019.
    • Participated in the 2018 USA World Cup Team training camp, and helped the USA to a 5-0 exhibition record; averaged 4.0 ppg. and added 2.0 rpg. 
    • Member of the USA Red Team that fell to the USA White Team 100-75 in an intrasquad exhibition during the 2018 USA World Cup Team training camp in South Carolina; scored 16 points, and added 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • Member of the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 6-0 record at 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea; played in the first game before being sidelined by injury the remainder of the tournament.
  • Member of the 2012 USA 3x3 U18 Team that captured the FIBA U18 3x3 World Cup gold with a 7-1 record in Alcobendas, Spain.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Cup Team that captured gold with an 8-0 record in Amsterdam; helped USA to a 4-0 exhibition record.
  • Youngest member of the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team that posted an 8-1 record and captured the gold medal in Valdivia, Chile.
  • Youngest member of the 2010 USA U18 National Team that captured gold with a 5-0 slate at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs.
  • Participated in the 2010 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 3 in 2018 by the Chicago Sky.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2019.
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2018.
  • WNBA All-Star: 2019
  • Averaged a league eighth-best 16.2 ppg. to go with 5.5 rpg., 2.4 apg. and 1.3 apg. in 2019.
  • Scored 25 points against Phoenix to help lead the Sky into the second round of the 2019 WNBA playoffs.
  • Competed for Shanxi Flames (China) during the 2018-19 season.
  • In her first season in the WNBA, averaged 14.4 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 2.2 apg. while starting in 33 of 34 games played.
  • Despite having one year of playing eligibility remaining at the University of Tennessee, DeShields departed following her 2017 graduation and competed professionally in 2017-18 for Mersin in Turkey where she averaged 17.4 ppg., 6.4 rpg. and 3.8 apg.

College Years

  • In her two years on the court at Tennessee, the Lady Vols posted a 42-26 record and advanced to the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Tournaments.
  • In her final season, led UT with 17.4 ppg. and was named 2017 All-Southeastern Conference first team.
  • In 2014-15, redshirted after departing North Carolina following 2013-14 season.
  • As a freshman at UNC in 2013-14, averaged 18.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 2.6 apg. and 1.7 spg.; shot 42.6 percent from the field and 77.6 percent from the line.
  • Averaged 21.3 ppg. during the 2014 ACC Tournament, earning all-tourney accolades.
  • USBWA, espnW and Full Court National Freshman of the Year; AP and Full Court All-America honorable mention; and Full Court Freshman All-America first team (2014)
  • Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, All-ACC first team and ACC All-Freshman Team (2014).
  • All-ACC Tournament Team (2014).

Personal

  • Born Diamond Danae-Aziza DeShields in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Daughter of Tisha and Delino DeShields; has two brothers, Delino Jr. and D'Angelo; and two sisters, Denim and Delaney.
  • Mother was an All-America track and field athlete (heptathlon, 1991) at Tennessee.
  • Father played 13 years of Major League Baseball with stints in Montreal, Los Angeles (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.
  • Majored in journalism and electronic media.
  • Scored a school-record 2,324 points at Norcross High School in Georgia, where she captured a third state title in 2013.
  • WBCA, Naismith, USA Today National Player of the Year; McDonald’s, Parade and WBCA All-American (2013).
  • Gatorade State Player of the Year (2011) and Miss Georgia Basketball (2011, 2013).

Social

  • Twitter: @DDDeshields
  • Instagram: @dddeshields

 

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2019 FAC
6/6
23- 43
.535
5- 12
.417
8- 9
.889
11/ 1.8
59/ 9.8
20
1
6
2018 WNT 2/0  2- 6   .333  .--- .000  4- 4   1.000 4/ 2.0   8/ 4.0   2 0
2015 WUG 1/ 0
0- 3
.000 0- 0
.000 .---
.000 2/ 2.0
0/ 0.0
1 0 0
2012 U17  8/ 8  43- 108
.398 14- 30
.467 18- 23
.783 42/ 5.3
118/ 14.8
26  12
2012 U17X 4/ 4 25- 49
.510  1- 9
.111 3- 4 .750 12/ 3.0 54/ 13.5
8 2 10
2011 U19
9/ 0 17- 53
.321 2- 8 
.250  6- 7 
.857 23/ 2.6
42/ 4.7
6 2 5
2010 U18 5/0 16- 35
.457 0- 8 
.000 13- 16
.813 17/ 3.4
45/ 9.0 
3 1 7
Totals 35/18 126-297
.424 22- 67
.328 52-63
.825 111/ 3.2
326/ 9.3
65 17 40

3x3 TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT FOULS PTS/AVG
2012 3x3 U18
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NOTE: Statistics are unavailable for the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup.

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