"I do not know or understand why Diamond DeShields has decided to leave The University of North Carolina," Hatchell said in a statement. "It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court. I love her and wish her well."
DeShields, who set the UNC freshman single-game and single-season scoring records for the Tar Heels, led North Carolina (27-10) to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008. She scored 15 points in the Tar Heels' final game, a 74-65 loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament, and averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 rebounds a game for the season.
DeShields, the daughter of longtime major league baseball player Delino DeShields, is unsure where she will transfer to. However, Tennessee is a possible destination. The Lady Vols, Maryland, Duke and Connecticut along with North Carolina were the finalists on the Norcross, Ga., native’s recruiting list last year
North Carolina returns 12 players from last year’s team including All-ACC forward Xylina McDaniel along with Allisha Gray and Stephanie Mavunga. Gray (second team) and Mavunga (honorable mention) were named to Fullcourt's Freshman All-America teams.