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Norcross Students Honored as Basketball Player of the Year by ESPN
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Norcross, GA--  Diamond DeShields of Norcross High School has just been given the huge honor of being the 2010-11 Gatorade GA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.  This is the first time a player from Norcross High has won this distinction.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard and forward has led the Blue Devils to a 26-3 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals against Campbell High, scheduled for March 10. The returning ESPN RISE National Freshman of the Year, DeShields has averaged 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Also the returning Class AAAAA Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, she produced 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per contest, leading Norcross to the 2010 Class AAAAA state championship as a freshman. DeShields averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 rebounds as a member of the USA Basketball U18 National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship this past summer.

Also a softball standout, DeShields has maintained a 3.00 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church and the Jack and Jill of America service organization for African-American women.

“Diamond is one of the most athletic players you will see,” said Norcross Head Coach Angie Hembree. “Her length, speed and vertical jump allow her to play any position from the point guard to the post. She can create off the drive or shoot the deep 3-pointer off the pass. Diamond can play above the rim, scoring on passes directly to the rim or tips on put back shots. She sets up her teammates’ scoring by commanding double teams and hitting the open man. She is coachable, delightful and just plain fun to watch.”

DeShields will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

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