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Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC

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(AP) -- North Carolina star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer, coach Sylvia Hatchell said Thursday.

In a statement from the school, Hatchell said she did not know "or understand" why DeShields was leaving. Hatchell, who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame before the season, didn't coach this year as she focused on treatment for leukemia that is in remission.

"It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court," Hatchell said. "I love her and wish her well."

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