DeShields On The Market
No one knows where Diamond DeShields will play next year, except maybe her, but many schools are vying to get her.
According to assistant director of athletic communications at UNC, Mark Kimmel, the UNC compliance office has received many requests to speak to the National Freshman of the Year. UNC athletics has not yet responded as to how many schools have asked to speak with DeShields.
This past weekend, a source close to WCHL said that she is headed to Tennessee next season. DeShields’ hometown friend from Georgia, Te’a Cooper decommitted from UNC at the start of this school year and is reportedly leaning towards signing there for the 2015-16 school year.
A compliance officer told WCHL in an email that any further communication about where DeShields will play in the future will have to come directly from her.
Kimmel forwarded information from the compliance office to WCHL explaining the transfer process.
In order for a school to contact a player of another university, that school must get written permission from the player’s athletic director or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director. Kimmel says rarely do ADs get directly involved; rather the compliance officers take care of it.
Carolina has five people listed in its compliance office, in addition to one graduate assistant. Vince Ille was hired as the Senior Associate AD for Compliance in the summer of 2012 and heads up the department.
Wherever DeShields ends up, she will have to spend one year in residence there before she is eligible to compete. If she is academically eligible, she may receive athletics aid and participate in practices.