What's also remarkable is that by all appearances, this team gets along even with such a strong personality at the head of a large and confident freshman class that also includes Allisha Gray, Stephanie Mavunga and Jessica Washington. It's not as if the season has been so flawless that fissures couldn't have surfaced. That is perhaps all you need to know there is nothing malicious in her manner.
"She's funny, that's one of the things people don't know about her," assistant coach Tracey Williams-Johnson said of DeShields a few steps outside the locker room Tuesday night. "She's really funny and she's giddy, she likes to have fun, she likes to play video games, she likes to crack jokes. She just likes to laugh. Matter of fact, that's here laughing right now."
But the court is different. That is her stage, be it at home in Chapel Hill, on the road at Duke or even in practice.
"Diamond is Diamond all the time," junior Latifah Coleman said. "She's a competitor. She competes in practice. What you see out there is what we see in practice. She competes."
And she heads to the Sweet 16 as the best show going.