9:34 am February 28, 2013, by Todd Holcomb
Norcross senior Diamond DeShields is the Naismith girls high school player of the year. It is the second national player-of-the-year honor for DeShields in two days.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) announced tabbed DeShields as its national player of the year on Monday.
DeShields, who is seeking to win a third state title in four seasons at Norcross, is the first Georgia girls player to win the Naismith award since Maya Moore of Collins Hill in 2006 and 2007. Georgia’s only other Naismith girls winner was Kiesha Brown of Woodward Academy in 1996.
A 6-foot-2 shooting guard, DeShields is averaging 26 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.8 assists. Norcross will play Langston Hughes on Saturday at Georgia Tech in the Class AAAAAA semifinals.
Last summer, DeShields led lead Team USA to a gold medal in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championships. She was named the tournament’s MVP.
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