National Freshman of the Year Diamond DeShields will visit South Carolina this weekend.
DeShields, who is transferring from North Carolina after leading the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight, was considering a visit to Columbia on Saturday. By Monday, it had become a reality. One source close to USC’s program confirmed on Monday that DeShields would visit within the week and DeShields herself confirmed it in an interview to InsideTennessee.com.
“My last visit this weekend is to South Carolina and then a decision should come soon after,” DeShields told Maria M. Cornelius of InsideTennessee.com on Tuesday.
DeShields was thought to be a strong lean to Tennessee once she announced her transfer, as a friend and training partner, Te’a Cooper, is also considering the Lady Volunteers. Cooper, also a Georgia native, has one year of high school remaining and has already decommitted from a verbal pledge to North Carolina.
DeShields will have to sit out the 2014-15 season wherever she goes, but will have three years of eligibility afterward. Very familiar with Tennessee (her mother was a track All-American there), DeShields is also considering Georgia and the Gamecocks.
DeShields visited Tennessee last week and has said that she hopes to be enrolled somewhere for the summer sessions. USC has summer sessions that begin in June and July.
The Gamecocks have one scholarship to give, meaning DeShields could receive financial aid during next season although she couldn’t play. USC saw plenty of her last season, as DeShields twice led the Tar Heels over USC, two of only five losses the Gamecocks had.
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