North Carolina commit Diamond DeShields was named the 2013 Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year on Tuesday.
DeShields, the No. 3 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, earned the honor over Tennessee commit Mercedes Russell, the top-ranked prospect in the Top 100, and Duke signee Rebecca Greenwell, the No. 6 prospect.
DeShields is the headliner in the Tar Heels’ top-ranked 2013 recruiting class.
"Awards such as this one mean so much,” DeShields said in a statement. “And it's the people who know my story that can truly appreciate this award’s significance to me. It is their knowledge of all the hours of hard work, hardships and dedication.”
DeShields, a 6-foot-2 guard, is still in the hunt for a Georgia state title with her Norcross teammates.
The Naismith Girl's High School Player of the Year award was first given in 1987 and has since been awarded to such notable players as Lisa Leslie (1990), Chamique Holdsclaw (1995), Candace Parker (2003) and Maya Moore (2006 and 2007). Last year's winner was Breanna Stewart, who is now playing at Connecticut.
Trent Milby of Marion County (Lebanon, Ky.), the No. 7 team in the most recent espnW 25 Power Rankings, was named the Naismith Girl's High School Coach of the Year.