Diamond DeShields wins All-Star Skills Challenge

Photo Credit: Lamar Carter

It probably could be an overused cliché at times, but in her first All-Star Skills Challenge appearances, a resident Chicago Sky point guard shined bright like a diamond.

Diamond DeShields came from behind to eke out a victory over the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones in the final round of the skills competition. It looked like Jones would be the winner in this one after DeShields went 0 for 3 on her passes, but drained her 3-pointer and completing her course in 23.4 seconds.

Jones went to the final after defeating the Minnesota Lynx’s Napheesa Collier in the first round, then bested Courtney Vandersloot, DeShields’ Sky teammate, in the semifinals.

DeShields earned victories over the Lynx’s Odyssey Sims in the opening round and the Atlanta Dream’s Elizabeth Williams in the semifinals.

What plenty of people are still talking about from Friday night was Brittney Griner’s dunk in the opening round that prompted a raucous reaction from the fans in attendance at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

DeShields won $10,000 for Hoops2O – Waterboys, a charity that builds wells of water in Africa.