DeShields, Gray Honored By The ACC
Release: 03/04/2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina freshman guard Diamond DeShields earned first team All-ACC honors on Tuesday, as voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel. Additionally, DeShields and teammate Allisha Gray both landed on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

The only freshman named on the first team, DeShields enjoyed a phenomenal regular season with the Tar Heels, setting the program's freshman single game and single season scoring records.

Along the way, DeShields averaged a team-leading 17.7 points per game, is tied with Gray for the club lead in steals (48), and is third in both rebounds (5.5) and assists (77) this season for the Tar Heels.

Her numbers were even better within the conference, leading all first-year players in scoring at 19.8 ppg.

In the victory over Duke on Sunday, DeShields became the first Carolina freshman to ever score over 500 points in a single season. Earlier in the season, she scored 38 points at NC State to set a school mark.

Gray has already cemented herself as one of the top inside-outside threats in the ACC. She ranks fourth in the league in three-point shooting at 41.9 percent (52-of-124), while her 14.4 point per game average is second on the team and among the top 20 in the ACC. She is tied for the club lead in both steals (48) and free throws made (79), and is fourth in rebounding with 5.3 per game.

DeShields and Gray are among a group of only 10 UNC freshmen to ever score 400 points in a season, and are the first pair of freshman teammates to score that many points in a season since Ivory Latta and Camille Little in 2003-04.

No. 13 North Carolina (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned the sixth seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and will play Thursday at 8 p.m., against the winner of Wednesday's first round game between Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

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