High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Diamond DeShields

Eye on POY: Georgia girls basketball

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Return of the POY, Diamond DeShields, Georgia, Norcross
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSDiamond DeShields is the returning Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Diamond DeShields
Junior guard/forward, Norcross (Ga.)

2011-12 Team record: 23-5
(Class AAAAA)
2011-12 Team standing: Class AAAAA second round vs. Marietta on Tuesday; No. 29 ranked team on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011-12 Points per game: 21.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Totaled 29 points, nine steals and six rebounds in an 85-36 Class AAAAA state tournament first-round blowout of Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Shooting 52 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line. No. 3 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS. Member of USA Basketball’s 2010 Women’s U18 National Team and 2011 Women’s U19 World Championship Team; 2011 Miss Georgia Basketball selection as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. 2011 Second Team All-American as named by USA Today. 2010 ESPNHS National Freshman of the Year. 2010 Class 5A Player of the Year as named by the GSWA. 2010 and 2011 Class AAAAA state champion.

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Return of the POY: Georgia's Diamond DeShields

February, 1, 2012
2/01/12
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Return of the POY, Diamond DeShields, Georgia, Norcross
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSDiamond DeShields is the returning Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Name: Diamond DeShields
School: Norcross (Ga.)

Grade: Junior
Position: Guard/forward

Height: 6-foot-1

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team member. 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team member. 2010-11 Miss Georgia Basketball and 2009-10 Class 5A Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. 2010-11 Second Team All-USA selection as named by USA Today. 2009-10 National Freshman of the Year as named by ESPNHS. 2009-10 Fourth Team All-American as named by PARADE Magazine. 2010 and 2011 Class 5A state champion. No. 3 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz.
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