CHAPEL HILL Former North Carolina basketball star Diamond DeShields says she hasn’t spoken to any schools about transferring, despite announcing last week she would leave the Tar Heels.
DeShields posted a statement Thursday on Twitter addressing her decision to leave UNC. It came a week after coach Sylvia Hatchell announced her transfer. DeShields didn’t explain why she’s leaving but says she met with Hatchell “on several different occasions” during the year.
She says their last conversation was “very detailed and emotional” but that they’re parting on good terms. Hatchell missed this season to receive treatment for leukemia, which is in remission.
DeShields says she won’t speak to other schools until she finishes her classes at UNC.
The ACC freshman of the year set a league record for freshmen with 648 points.
Duke: Blue Devils assistant Candice Jackson is the new coach of the College of Charleston women’s basketball team. Jackson takes over for Natasaha Adair, who took the Georgetown coaching job earlier this month.
Jackson spent the past three seasons with the Blue Devils, helping them reach two straight NCAA final-eight trips in 2012 and 2013. Jackson worked with the Duke guards.
Jackson also has worked at Wake Forest and Richmond. She played four years at Michigan State for coach Joanne P. McCallie, the current Duke coach.
Marshall: Los Angeles Lakers assistant Dan D’Antoni was named men’s basketball coach Thursday. The 66-year-old D’Antoni is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Friday. He replaces Tom Herrion, who resigned last month after an 11-22 season.
D’Antoni is the older brother of Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. He spent the past two seasons on the Lakers’ staff and has had stints as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. D’Antoni spent 30 years as coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., before leaving in 2005.
Colorado: Junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft. Dinwiddie’s junior season was cut short when he tore his left ACL Jan. 12 at Washington and needed reconstructive surgery. He said he expects to be back on the court by August.
Appalachian State: Coach Jim Fox completed his staff by hiring three assistants. Jason Allison, Bryan Lentz and Mantoris Robinson boast a combined 27 years of collegiate coaching experience.
Allison spent the past nine seasons as an associate coach/recruiting coordinator at Virginia Military Institute; Lentz was an assistant on coach Rick Barnes’ staff at the University of Texas, and Robinson spent the past two seasons at Fairmont State (2012-14).
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