Women’s basketball fans and observers along with media have been talking about Diamond DeShields since North Carolina announced last week that the Tar Heels freshman guard was transferring.
DeShields hasn’t spoken, however. And she won’t — at least for the time being.
DeShields’ mother, Tisha, told the News Sentinel via Facebook Wednesday morning that her daughter would not be making a statement until after finishing the semester at North Carolina. Tisha also said that the family has not spoken to any other schools.
There’s been considerable speculation regarding DeShields and Tennessee. One radio station in Chapel Hill, N.C., cited a source in characterizing DeShields transferring to Tennessee as “a done deal.”
Tennessee was one of the five finalists for DeShields, who was one of the top prospects in the Class of 2013. Furthermore, her mother attended UT and was a track and field standout with the Lady Vols. Tisha, who ranks third all-time at Tennessee in the heptathlon, was an All-American in 1991.
DeShields’ recruitment ended abruptly in the spring of 2012 when she and three other players committed to North Carolina on the same day.
In her first season with the Tar Heels, DeShields averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and was honored as the nation’s top freshman by both the USBWA and espnW.
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell released a statement last week saying, “I do not know or understand why Diamond DeShields has decided to leave The University of North Carolina.”