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Diamond DeShields will transfer to Tennessee

The rumors are true:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The consensus 2014 women’s basketball national freshman of the year is relocating to Rocky Top, Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

Six-foot-one guard Diamond DeShields, who averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a rookie at North Carolina in 2013-14, has signed an SEC Grant In Aid and will begin attending classes during the second session of summer school on July 3. She will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and has three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.

“We’re very excited to announce that Diamond DeShields is joining the Tennessee family,” Warlick said. “She’s experienced, athletic and passionate, and she has a great knowledge of the game. Diamond has been highly successful at every level of basketball, and her impact on our program will be immediate.”

It’s a whole new Tennessee.

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