Norcross High’s Diamond DeShields says she has been dreaming about dunking since she was a baby.
That’s right. DeShields is a girls basketball player, and a very good one. Some consider DeShields — the daughter of former MLB player Delino DeShields — to be the No. 1 sophomore in the nation.
The 6-foot DeShields nearly dunked against Milton in last Saturday’s quarterfinals of the basketball playoffs. DeShields got loose on a fast break, had a rush of adrenaline, and grabbed the rim as she elevated for a … layup.
It wasn’t a dunk, but it made everybody watching realizing that a dunk may be coming soon. DeShields is 6-foot and has two more years left in high school to accomplish it.
“I didn’t realize how far my hand was above the rim until I got up in the air and put my hand into the basket,” DeShields said. “I felt like I could’ve dunked it if I had really gone for it.”
DeShields said she has dunked a few times in practice or warmups (see YouTube video below), but never in a game. She has thought about it for a very long time.
“It has been a goal of mine since I was a baby and saw Lisa Leslie dunk,” said DeShields, who recently celebrated her 16th brithday. “I remember saying to myself, ‘I want to do that when I grow up.’ But now that I’m grown up, I guess I’m more concerned with scoring the 2 points rather than how I score 2 points.
“I have a higher percentage with a layup than a dunk, so that’s why I do layups. But I may try to do it [a dunk] in a game one day. I don’t want it to be one of those weak dunks. It’s going to have to be a powerful dunk like you see on TV.”
DeShields and Norcross play in the Class AAAAA semifinals against Campbell at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Last year as a freshman, DeShields led Norcross to the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification and was named to the Parade All-America basketball team.
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