BREAKING: Diamond DeShields to transfer from UNC
National freshman of the year Diamond DeShields is transferring from North Carolina.
DeShields scored 648 points this past season, more than any freshman in ACC history, and led the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. UNC was supposed to return every player from that team and had been ranked as high as No. 2 in preseason polls for 2014-15 behind national champion Connecticut.
DeShields was the cornerstone of a four-player freshman class that was ranked No. 1 in the country.
Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said in a statement that she did not “know or understand” why DeShields is leaving.
“As most everyone knows, I was out and missed the entire season with leukemia,” Hatchell said. “Thankfully, I’m in complete remission and will be back 100% for next season. It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court. I love her and wish her well."
DeShields could not immediately be reached for comment.