The Chicago Sky selected guard Diamond DeShields with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, held this evening at the Nike New York Headquarters.
DeShields, 23, spent her freshman year playing at North Carolina, where she earned multiple National Freshman of the Year honors, before transferring to Tennessee.
In 2016-17, DeShields was an All-SEC First Team selection after averaging 17.3 points, the most at Tennessee since two-time WNBA MVP All-Star Candace Parker in 2007-08. After playing two seasons with the Lady Vols and graduating last spring, DeShields renounced her NCAA eligibility for the remaining season in order to play professionally with Turkey’s Cukurova.
Standing at 6-foot-1, DeShields comes from a family of elite athletes. Her father, Delino DeShields, played 13 MLB seasons with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles, and the Chicago Cubs.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, DeShields also has two brothers, MLB Texas Rangers center-fielder Delino Jr., and D’Angelo, as well as two sisters, Denim and Delaney. DeShields’ mother, Tisha, was an All-America at UT in the heptathlon (1991).
“Diamond impacts the game on both sides of the ball,” Sky General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks said. “Defensively, her athleticism allows her to contain the ball, anticipate, and rotate effectively. Offensively, Diamond’s a rare talent. She is intuitive, focused, determined, and a hard worker. I’ve gotten to know Diamond over the past couple of months and she’s a joy to be around. She will be an incredible addition to the team.”
The Chicago Sky tips off the 2018 season on the road against the Indiana Fever on May 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, before hosting the New York Liberty for an event-filled home opener at Wintrust Arena on May 20.