Tennessee announced Thursday that the 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year would be continuing her career with the Lady Vols. Under NCAA rules, DeShields must sit out a year before being eligible to play for the Lady Vols in the 2015-16 season, though she will begin attending classes at Tennessee next month. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.
DeShields, the 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year, averaged 18 points per game this past season to help North Carolina go 27-10 and reach a regional final. Under NCAA rules, DeShields would have to sit out a year before being eligible to play for Tennessee.
The 6-foot-1 DeShields would be joined at Tennessee by her close friend, rising McEachern senior Te’a Cooper, who committed to the Lady Vols last week, after previously being committed to North Carolina.
DeShields’ mother was an All-America heptathlete for the Tennessee women’s track team in 1991 when she was known as Tisha Milligan. Her father is former major league infielder Delino DeShields.