Norcross High’s Diamond DeShields discusses dunking for girls

Will Diamond DUNK before finishing HS?

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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.

Will No. 22 dunk before she finishes high school? (AJC)

Will No. 22 dunk before she finishes high school? (AJC)

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.

Now it’s YOUR turn. What are your thoughts on Diamond and dunking? Please post below.

16 comments Add your comment

Johnny Too Good

March 9th, 2011
7:22 am

Alot of guys(grown men) and boys need to step their game up lol and she’s a high school sophmore

Monroe's first Redcoat

March 9th, 2011
9:03 am

daaaaang…..girl’s got HOPS!!!!!!!

Jim Gunther

March 9th, 2011
9:49 am

Maya Moore’s gone 4 years without dunking. Just make the points Diamond.

black n blue blood

March 9th, 2011
11:02 am

women’s basketball should be played on 9 of 9 1/2 foot goals. this would make the game more exciting (WNBA) because the female athelets would be able to throw ally oops and get fast break dunks.

and before any one this i’m being sexist. the ladies play with a smaller ball… whats the difference.

and i’m gone


March 10th, 2011
10:10 am

I thought she played at a different high school last year, I guess maybe there was no salary cap at Norcross.


March 10th, 2011
6:01 pm

A another case of girl’s trying to be boy’s. Sad….Sad.


March 10th, 2011
6:23 pm



March 10th, 2011
7:48 pm

No concerned, she played at Norcross last year too. sad to be haters


March 10th, 2011
11:01 pm

Come to Baylor Diamond and learn from the best!!!


March 10th, 2011
11:52 pm

Baylor would love to have you, Diamond! We have the best coaches, facilities and fans you will find! Come visit!


March 11th, 2011
9:56 am

I thought she went to Woodward Academy …Sorry


March 11th, 2011
10:06 am

I take back the apology she did play at Woodward and transfer before her freshman year like most players in the metro area. I guess there was space under the cap or maybe a coach she wanted to play for whatever the reason what are we teaching kids today ?


March 11th, 2011
2:51 pm

@ concerned: I would truly like to know where you get your info from. I am not a Norcross fan, but I remember in her freshman year playing the opening game of the 2009-2010 season against Milton. I also went back and saw an article where she was already enrolled at Norcross, the summer before her freshman year when she played with AAU Georgia Ice. If she played with Norcross at the open of the season as a freshman, there is no way she got on the court with Woodward Aca. But as I mentioned I’m interested on where you get your info. Concerened also, Thx.

Withers Boy

March 13th, 2011
8:51 am

She did transfer from Woodward. Her older brother was a star athlete there. Their father is Delino DeShields, retired MLB player. I’m as disgusted by the whole AAU/recruiting thing as anyone, but I don’t think it applies here. With her talent, I suspect she just wanted to play at the highest level of competition she could. And daddy can afford to live wherever he wants to. I bought my own house because of the public school district it’s in, for the sake of my kids. That’s no crime.

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March 22nd, 2012
9:53 am

She’s very talented. Reminds me of the games at Seaford High School, watching her dad all over again.