Keron DeShields

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Keron DeShields
No. 1 – BC Šiauliai
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 27)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Latina Basket
2017Jászberényi KSE
2018Debreceni EAC
2018Hapoel Afula
2018Rethymno Cretan Kings
2018–2019Maccabi Haifa
2019–presentŠiauliai
Career highlights and awards

Keron Melique DeShields (born December 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for Šiauliai of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). He played college basketball for the University of Montana and Tennessee State University before playing professionally in Italy, Hungary, Israel, Greece and Lithuania. DeShields was named the Israeli National League Finals MVP in 2019.

Early life and college career[edit]

DeShields attended Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont, where he averaged a team-high 20 points and 5.0 assists per game, and was a first team all-conference selection as a senior.[1]

Deshields played three years at Montana. He helped the Grizzlies to reach the Big Sky Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013.[2] On March 10, 2014, DeShields was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky, alongside his teammate Jordan Gregory.[3]

On May 30, 2014, Deshields was transferred from Montana to Tennessee State,[4] but sat out first season at Tennessee State per NCAA Transfer rules.

In his senior year at Tennessee State, DeShields led the team and ranked seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference with 16.5 points per game and also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.8 minutes per game. DeShields was named First Team All-OVC, OVC All-Newcomer Team and NABC First Team All-District 19.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

On July 16, 2016, DeShields started his professional career with Latina Basket of the Italian Serie A2 Basket, signing a one-year deal.[5] On December 11, 2016, DeShields recorded a season-high 30 points, shooting 12-of-21 from the field, in a 93–90 win over Viola Reggio Calabria.[6] In 30 games played for Latina, DeShields averaged 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

2017–18 season[edit]

On September 11, 2017, DeShields signed a one-year deal with the Hungarian team Jászberényi KSE.[7] On January 12, 2018, DeShields parted ways with Jászberényi to join Debreceni EAC.[8] On February 6, 2018, he parted ways with Debreceni after appearing in four games.[9]

On February 19, 2018, DeShields signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Afula for the rest of the Israeli National League season, as injury cover for Tre Simmons.[10] On March 20, 2018, DeShields recorded a career-high 32 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, along with nine rebounds and eight assists in a 93–86 win over Maccabi Hod HaSharon.[11][12]

On April 30, 2018, DeShields signed with the Greek team Rethymno Cretan Kings for the rest of the season, replacing Malcolm Armstead.[13]

2018–19 season[edit]

On June 28, 2018, DeShields returned to Israel for a second stint, signing a two-year deal with Maccabi Haifa.[14] On April 23, 2019, DeShields recorded a season-high 30 points, shooting 11-of-22 from the field, along with four rebounds and seven assists in a 85–82 playoff win over Maccabi Ra'anana.[15] On May 24, 2019, DeShields led Haifa to win the 2019 Israeli National League Championship after averaging 18.2 points in four games played in the final series against Hapoel Galil Elyon. He was subsequently named the Finals MVP.[16]

2019–20 season[edit]

On October 7, 2019, DeShields signed a one-year deal with Šiauliai of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Montana Athletics – Keron DeShields". GoGriz.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tennessee State – Keron DeShields". TSUTigers.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Grizzlies' Jamar unanimous selection to All-Big Sky team". missoulian.com. March 10, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Former Pallotti guard Keron DeShields transfers to Tennessee State". baltimoresun.com. May 30, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Keron DeShields inks with Latina". Sportando.basketball. July 16, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Viola Reggio Calabria 90 at Latina Basket 93". RealGM.com. December 11, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Robert Brown, Keron DeShields sign with Jaszbereny". Sportando.basketball. September 11, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Keron DeShields a DEAC új játékosa". deacbasket.hu (in Hungarian). January 12, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Keron DeShields távozott a DEAC-tól". haon.hu (in Hungarian). February 6, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "המחליף של סימונס: קרון דשילדס יחתום בעפולה". one.co.il (in Hebrew). February 19, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "רחובות איבדה גובה, רעננה עם ניצחון תשיעי ברצף". one.co.il (in Hebrew). March 20, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Regular Season Round 23: Hapoel Afula – Maccabi H/H 93–86". eurobasket.com. March 20, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rethymno Cretan Kings parted ways with Malcolm Armstead, signed Keron DeShields". Sportando.basketball. April 30, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Keron DeShields signs with Maccabi Haifa". Sportando.basketball. June 28, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "מכבי חיפה גנבה את הביתיות ממכבי רעננה". ONE.co.il (in Hebrew). April 23, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "ברוכה השבה: מכבי חיפה עלתה לליגת העל!". ONE.co.il (in Hebrew). May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Siauliai tabs Keron DeShields". Sportando.basketball. October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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