As of Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Norcross senior Diamond DeShields was one of four girls selected for the USA Basketball Under-18 3-on-3 National Team, which was announced this week after 3-on-3 National Team Training Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
DeShields and teammates Allisha Gray (Sandersville, Ga.), Erica McCall (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Brianna Turner (Pearland, Texas) will represent the U.S. in the FIBA U18 3-on-3 World Championships Sept. 27-30 in Seville, Spain. The four players also have training camp Sept. 21-24 in Colorado Springs.
DeShields has won two gold medals with USA Basketball -- at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships and the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championships -- but this is her first national team experience in 3-on-3 play.
"It's definitely difficult," DeShields said of 3-on-3 instead of 5-on-5. "It's faster, there's a 12-second shot clock and it's a thinking game. You don't have a coach out there, you have to coach yourself. There are a lot more different rules and aspects of the game that you have to get adjusted to. It's a thinking game and whoever is most strategic will win."
The U.S. finished fourth in the Women's 3-on-3 Youth World Championships last year, but received an honorary bronze medal because it forfeited the third-place game because two of the four players couldn't return with injuries. Buford's Kaela Davis was a standout for that team.