"This is the place I've dreamt of since I was a little girl, just being here and playing here at Tennessee," DeShields said in a university release. "God sometimes has strange ways of working, and now I just feel like I am where I am supposed to be. I will give everything I have to make sure those dreams I had as a kid are fulfilled. This is not about me. It's about we. I'm here to help this program win games and win championships."
DeShields helped North Carolina go 27-10 and reach a regional final this past season. DeShields averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She set four Atlantic Coast Conference freshman marks, including points (648), field goals (248), field goals attempted (582) and double-figure scoring games (32).
DeShields is Tennessee's first transfer from a four-year school since Michelle Marciniak, who spent the 1991-92 season at Notre Dame. She is the fourth newcomer brought in for the 2014-15 season by head coach Holly Warlick, who turned 56 on June 11, joining freshmen Kortney Dunbar (Edwardsville, Ill.), Alexa Middleton (Murfreesboro) and Jaime Nared (Portland, Ore.). Jannah Tucker, a 6-0 guard from Baltimore, Md., joins the active roster after redshirting last year.
DeShields will begin attending classes during the second session of summer school on July 3. However, she must sit out the 2014-15 season She will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and has three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.
Tennessee also returns nine players from a squad that finished 29-6 and won the SEC Tournament. The Lady Vols were knocked out in the Sweet 16 by Maryland. It marked the 32nd time that the Lady Vols advanced to the Sweet 16.
DeShields’ mother, Tisha DeShields (nee Milligan), was an All-America heptathlete for the Tennessee women's track team in 1991. Her father, Delino, played second base for five major league teams over a 12-year period.