Much has changed for Diamond DeShields and Erica McCall since winning the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship, but their friendship, which was formed that summer in Alcobendas, Spain, remains as solid as gold.
After returning to their respective high school teams and matriculating to colleges on opposite coasts -- DeShields to Tennessee via North Carolina and McCall to Stanford, the duo is again teaming up for USA Basketball.
They returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to as members of the USA Basketball World University Games Team on June 20 and departed for South Korea a week later.
They're scheduled to compete in the 2015 World University Games in Guangju beginning Sunday and are excited at the prospect of competing for another gold medal together.
"Since there were only three of us, it was easy for us to connect," said McCall of forming a bond with DeShields during the 3x3 experience. "Coming here it is just like old times. We are cracking jokes like we did on the 3x3 team, so it was really easy to come back. We are roommates, which is great because we are always cracking jokes about what is on TV or Instagram.
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