Diamond DeShields – Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
Diamond DeShields is a 6’1” guard who took a year off college to play in Turkey. DeShields is a spectacular player who can play anywhere from the 2 to the 4. The problem is, DeShields has a questionable temperament.
DeShields missed her final year of college thanks to a locker room incident. However, with this issue aside, DeShields has used the year of professional basketball in Turkey to grow and showcase her talents before the draft.
In 20 games so far DeShields has averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Let’s not forget, DeShields was supposed to be in her senior year of college this year.
Her scoring in a professional league was less than three points down on her career average in college. This then leads to the question, is DeShields the most ready player in this seasons draft for the rigors of a WNBA season, playing against seasoned veterans.
At 6’1” DeShields has the ability to score inside and out. She is also a very capable rebounder who can use her size and athleticism to great effect.
In other drafts, DeShields would be a top two prospect, based on talent. However, this draft is stacked and her character questions may work against her. She has been touted to go to the Chicago Sky with either the 3rd or 4th pick, it really does not matter except for the history books.
However, this may now change with Azura Stevens nominating for the draft a season early. While Chicago does not want a point guard, do they take the best available player? They are pretty high on Gabby Williams who will help fix their wing issues.
There is the chance that Chicago may choose the best prospect which may be Kelsey Mitchell or possibly Stevens. This could mean that DeShields may drop into the middle of the first round which will give great depth to either the Seattle Storm or Dallas Wings.
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