Diamond Vann is not your typical eighth grade student. She is quiet, soft-spoken, and very reserved. Most eighth graders are more verbal and outspoken than Diamond. She is a true breath of fresh air.
Diamond is being raised by her mom, Latrena Vann and has very active grandparents in her life. Mamie and Harry Vann are two of her biggest supporters. Diamond started school at Victory Christian Academy where she attended until she was entering fourth grade. At that time, she enrolled at Riverside Elementary and from there she went to Marianna Middle School where she is today.
Diamond says she started playing basketball at the recreational level and fell in love with it. She gave up cheering and softball at that level to put her heart and soul into basketball. She has added track to her list of accomplishments and looks to excel at that also. When asked about where she thinks her heart will take her, Diamond says, “I have a passion for basketball so I would like to go to the next level.” She gives herself credit where credit is due, “I just tried basketball when I was younger and I really liked it. I would dribble and shoot around all the time. My granddaddy would come out to watch me and still does and tells me, ‘you’re doing this wrong,’ and then tell me how to do it. My mom would try also and then Coach Ephriam (D’Leisha), Coach Brown (Chuckie) and Coach Scott when she was here all helped me”
Diamond says her favorite subject is math and she is presently enrolled in Algebra I Honors, a high school class that she is excelling in with an A. Diamond is a member of Beta, Club YU, and attends FCA at MMS. She attends Great Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church and admires Reverend William Harvey.
Coach D’Leisha Ephriam has nothing but high regards for Vann, “Diamond is an exceptional young lady and student athlete. I enjoyed having her as part of our basketball program for two years and I truly believe that she will continue to do great things on and off the court at the next level.”
Amber Souza has Diamond in class and would gladly take a classroom full of her, “She always does great work and just wants to get her work done.”
Chuckie Brown has watched Diamond both at school and on the court, “She’s a unique girl and very motivated and driven. She gives you 100% every day, every practice, and every game. She loves the game and has worked hard to learn every part of it to make herself better. She is a coach’s dream when it comes to players. At school, you never know she’s here. She tends to her business, studies hard, and her grades prove it.”