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DeShields picks Lady Vols

dcloninger@thestate.comJune 12, 2014 

Reigning National Freshman of the Year Diamond DeShields made it official Thursday by committing to Tennessee, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

DeShields will sit out the 2014-15 season under NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility beginning in the 2015-16 season.

South Carolina made a late push for DeShields, hosting her on her last official visit. DeShields’ close friend, Te’a Cooper, another USC target, joined DeShields on an unofficial visit for a day.

DeShields and Cooper have spoken often of playing together in college. Cooper committed to UNC before playing a high-school game, decommitted before her junior year and chose Tennessee a week ago. Once Cooper picked the Lady Vols, it was assumed that DeShields would do the same.

Tennessee is where her mother, Tisha, was an All-America track and field performer.

The Gamecocks do not have any commitments for the Class of 2015 but continue to scour the country for top talent. USC will lose seniors Aleighsa Welch, Elem Ibiam and Olivia Gaines after the 2014-15 season.

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