DeShields named Naismith national girls player of the year

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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February 28th, 2013
11:15 am

Please stay in state and go help Andy Landers finally win a NC!


February 28th, 2013
12:58 pm

Too late she’s headed to North Carolina!!!!!!


February 28th, 2013
1:39 pm

Carolina never wins, if she wants a title UCONN is the place to go…


February 28th, 2013
7:08 pm

Thank you Diamond for five great years of basketball. Your efforts lead the lady Blue Devils to become one of the top program in Georgia.


March 1st, 2013
8:08 am

Hey big dog, if you haven’t noticed, Landers has whiffed on just about every 5 star Georgia prospect (and there have been many) for many years. I would like to see the program really compete, but it will not happen with him at the helm.

Andy landers

March 1st, 2013
2:22 pm

@ Weasel I didnt sign any top Players from this state. It was 12 in this Class in the Top 60 i didnt get any dang. I need to retire