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UNC guard Diamond DeShields named ACC's top rookie

News ServicesMarch 12, 2014 

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North Carolina's Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after making a basket against Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball semi-final game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHUCK BURTON — AP

— North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields was voted ACC Rookie of the Year by the league’s 15 head coaches, as announced Tuesday.

DeShields ranks ninth among ACC scorers at 18.0 points per game while also ranking among the conference leaders in steals (1.7 per game) and free-throw shooting (76.1 percent).

In league games, she averaged 19.8 points (fourth in the ACC) and 6.1 rebounds (17th), and made 81.3 percent of her free throws (ninth).

A 6-foot-1 guard from Norcoss, Ga., DeShields was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week three times and was named the espnW National Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after her 38-point effort (the highest single-game effort ever by a UNC freshman) keyed the Tar Heels to an 89-82 win at N.C. State.

DeShields was also named the ACC Rookie of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel and All-ACC first team and the all-freshman team by both groups of voters. She made the ACC all-tournament team after averaging 21.3 points last weekend.

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