Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan . Norcross' Diamond DeShields has been named the Daily Post's girls basketball Player of the Year. DeShields has won 3 state championships with the Blue Devils.
The 2012-13 high school basketball season may be over, but Gwinnett County's dominance continued Tuesday with the release of the All-State teams by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
In addition to yet another accolade for Norcross All-American Diamond DeShields, Gwinnett players and coaches swept through the superlatives in the state's highest classification, while two more local state championship coaches were honored in their respective classifications and a total of 25 players from the county were honored.
Leading the way was DeShields, who added to her growing list of honors by not only being named to the first-team from Class AAAAAA, but being named Georgia's overall Miss Basketball.
The 6-foot-2 North Carolina-bound wing, who averaged 23.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.7 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game in helping the Blue Devils to their third state title in the last four seasons, was also named Miss Georgia Basketball by the Atlanta Tipoff Club earlier this season, as well as named Naismith National Player of the Year.
DeShields, the Daily Post's Girls Player of the Year the last three seasons, was one of three Norcross honorees in Class AAAAAA.
Angie Hembree was named the Girls Coach of the Year and Daily Post Boys Player and Coach of the Year Brandon Goodwin and Jesse McMillan earning the same state-wide honors from the GSWA.
And even with DeShields being taken out of the equation with her all-classification award, a Gwinnett player still rounded out the superlatives in the highest class, with North Gwinnett's Lexie Brown being named the Player of the Year in Class AAAAAA.
Two other Gwinnett coaches were honored for their teams' state championship runs, with GAC's Eddie Martin and Wesleyan's Jan Azar being named Class AA Boys and Girls Coach of the Year respectively.
Other girls players honored by the GSWA on Tuesday included Norcross' Shayla Cooper, Archer's Madison Newby, North's Peyton Whitted and Duluth's Katie Powell in Class AAAAAA, Buford's Kristina Nelson in AAA, Wesleyan's Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens and GAC's Brianna Cummings in AA and Hebron Christian's Amber Skidgel in A.
On the boys side, Shiloh's Nate Mason and Trayvon Reed, Collins Hill's Devin Mitchell, Mill Creek's Trevon Shaw and Archer's Randall Smith in Class AAAAAA, Buford's Kevin Doyle, A.J. Davis and Isaiah Williams in AAA and GAC's Isaiah Wilkins and Collin Swinton and Wesleyan's Will Clifton in AA also were named to one of the GSWA's teams.