Player Comparisons: Diamond DeShields x Angel McCoughtry
Atlanta represents with two of the nation’s best.
Player Comparisons provides a new look at top girls’ high school prospects by comparing them with a WNBA player or current NCAA All-American. For our high school followers, it’ll give a glimpse into the future of some of the top names on the scene today. Player Comparisons also looks back at the body of work of current college and pro players, many of whom were SLAM All-Americans during their prep careers.
|Player||Angel McCoughtry||Diamond DeShields|
|Born||September 10, 1986||March 5, 1995|
|Team||Atlanta Dream||Norcross (GA) HS, 2013|
|Hometown||Baltimore, MD||Norcross, GA|
by Jonathan Hemingway / @JLHemingway
McCoughtry and DeShields both represent the excellence of women’s basketball in the Atlanta area, albeit at opposite ends of the basketball spectrum. McCoughtry was selected by the Atlanta Dream franchise as the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. Since then, she has led her team to back-to-back championship series appearances in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. DeShields, on the other hand, has guided her high school team to back-to-back state championships in the same years.
Often fans will watch a game of either McCoughtry or DeShields and literally say, “WOW!” They each have world class athleticism which allows them to acrobatically score over and around opponents in the lane. And perhaps a few times a night, you will see each player swat a shot into the stands. There is no doubt that they are fan favorites!
GOOD AS GOLD
Both players have represented their country at the highest levels and brought home the ultimate prize. McCoughtry has earned three gold medals which include the 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, and the 2007 Pan American Games. DeShields has already locked down a gold medal in the 2010 FIBA U18 Championship as the youngest member on the squad.
Look for McCoughtry to be a perennial All-Star in the WNBA for years to come. As for DeShields, her future is as bright as any high school player in the nation. She is currently ranked No. 3 in the 2013 class by ESPN HoopGurlz and will certainly be an impact player for a BCS Conference program in a just a few years. And who knows… maybe these two forwards will square off one day on a WNBA court.