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Tennessee's Diamond DeShields turning pro, bypasses final season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says guard Diamond DeShields is no longer with the Lady Vols program, choosing to pass up her final year of eligibility to play professionally.

Warlick announced the move Friday.

DeShields, a redshirt junior guard who transferred from North Carolina, has graduated from Tennessee. Warlick said in a statement that DeShields now has a chance to play professionally.

The 6-foot-1 DeShields led Tennessee in scoring with 17.4 points per game last season. The Lady Vols lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament after losing their Southeastern Conference tournament opener.

Warlick says she's pleased with the commitment of her returning players and a top-rated freshman class and can't wait to keep building on that.