Norcross High’s Diamond DeShields returned to Atlanta on Monday with another first-place medal in basketball.
DeShields helped lead the USA Women’s National Team to its fourth straight gold medal in the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship. DeShields, the youngest player on the team at 15 years old, scored 10 points in a 81-38 win over Brazil in Sunday night’s championship game.
“After we won the game, it all sunk in and I am very happy,” DeShields said. “It was a great experience. I made friends with people from other countries in other sports. To win the gold, that just tops everything off.”
Last year as a freshman, DeShields guided Norcross to the state basketball championship in Georgia’s largest classification. Her father played 13 seasons in the major leagues and currently manages in the minors for the Cincinnati Reds. Older brother Delino DeShields, who picked up Diamond from the airport on Monday, was selected No. 8 overall by the Houston Astros in the major-league draft earlier this month.
Diamond arrived in Colorado Springs on June 7 for tryouts, and ended up staying at the U.S. Olympic facility as the youngest member of the U18 team. The 6-foot-1 DeShields was a top backup at forward and guard for the team. In the championship game, DeShields was 4 of 10 from the field, including 0 for 4 from 3-point range. However, she made all four of her foul shots and tied for a game-high in rebounds with 7.
“I give all the credit to God and my teammates,” DeShields said. “They didn’t dog me out about my age. They treated me as if I was one of their own. It was a lot of fun playing with all these McDonald’s All-Americans. It helped my game, and made me a better player.”