Skylar Diggins

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Skylar Diggins
WNBA's Tulsa Shock  – No. 4
Guard
Born(1990-08-02) August 2, 1990 (age 23)
South Bend, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
CollegeNotre Dame (2009–2013)
Draft3rd overall
Tulsa Shock
WNBA career2013–present
ProfileWNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Tulsa Shock (2013–present)
Awards and honors
McDonald's All-American (2009)
2009 Indiana Miss Basketball
Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2009)[1]
 
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Skylar Diggins
WNBA's Tulsa Shock  – No. 4
Guard
Born(1990-08-02) August 2, 1990 (age 23)
South Bend, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
CollegeNotre Dame (2009–2013)
Draft3rd overall
Tulsa Shock
WNBA career2013–present
ProfileWNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Tulsa Shock (2013–present)
Awards and honors
McDonald's All-American (2009)
2009 Indiana Miss Basketball
Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2009)[1]

Skylar Kierra Diggins (born August 2, 1990) is an American basketball player who played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. She is the all-time scoring leader at Notre Dame. She was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school.

High school[edit]

Diggins was a four-year starter at Washington High School, where the Panthers had a combined record of 102-7.[2] In four consecutive years, Diggins led the Panthers to state championship games, including Washington's title-winning season of 2007. In her senior year, she led the Washington High School Panthers to a 26-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state tournament, where they fell to the nation's number-one-ranked team, Ben Davis of Indianapolis, 71-69. She averaged a state-best 29 points per game, along with 6.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 5.4 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.

Diggins was a two-time Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year.[1] Diggins was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points.[3] A McDonald's All-American Game selection,[4] she finished her career with 2,790 points, the third-highest girls' scoring total in Indiana history for an average of 25.9 points per game.

In the March 30, 2009, issue of Sports Illustrated, she was part of its Faces in the Crowd segment.[5]

Diggins chose Notre Dame over Stanford, but was able to make friends with Stanford alum Candice Wiggins after visiting the university.

College[edit]

As a freshman, Diggins became the fourth Indiana native to join the Irish roster in 2009-10, along with fellow South Bend-area guard (and co-captain) Melissa Lechlitner, Indianapolis guard Ashley Barlow (and co-captain) and Valparaiso forward Becca Bruszewski. In addition, she was one of three Miss Basketball honorees on the '09-10 Notre Dame roster, along with Lindsay Schrader (Illinois 2005) and Kellie Watson (Michigan 2008).

Diggins rose to national prominence in her sophomore year, finishing the regular season first on the team in assists per game (4.8 average), while placing second in scoring (14.4) and third in steals (1.9). Since the season began, she has scored in double figures 30 times, including eight 20-point outings, and has notched at least five assists in 21 games.[6]

Diggins continued her stellar play in the NCAA tournament, leading the Irish to the second championship game appearance in school history, ten years after Notre Dame captured the national title in 2001. In the regional final, they beat the University of Tennessee (fourth-ranked team in the country) by a score of 73-59. Diggins scored a then-season-high 24 points in the game, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCAA Dayton Regional. Additionally, with her performance against the Lady Vols, Diggins went over the 1,000-point mark for her career, becoming just the second Notre Dame women's basketball player to reach that milestone before the end of her sophomore season.[7] She has also showed her prowess as a floor-leader throughout the tournament, even dishing out a career-high 12 assists (most by a Notre Dame player in more than 11 years) in the Irish's 78-53 Sweet 16 victory over Oklahoma. By beating Tennessee and UConn, Diggins and the Lady Irish became the first team to ever beat both teams in the same tournament.

In the semifinal game, the Notre Dame point guard led her team to victory over heavily favored UConn (the number-one team in the country) with 28 points (her highest single-game total on the season), 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.[8] Diggins also made all six of her free-throw attempts in the familiar confines of Conseco Fieldhouse, where she had previously led her high school team to four straight state championship games and one win. Notre Dame was victorious in its third Final Four appearance ever, defeating the two-time defending champion Huskies by a score of 72-63.[9]

However, the Fighting Irish lost to the Texas A&M Aggies in the final game of the 2011 women's basketball tournament, by a score of 76-70. In the losing effort, Diggins finished with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. She made 8 of 9 free-throws in the game, including two with 40.7 seconds remaining. But the sophomore struggled from beyond the arc, sinking only 1-of-5 three-point attempts. Diggins also committed 6 turnovers, the last one ending Notre Dame's chances for good as the game clock wound down. As the Associated Press reported, "Diggins, fighting back tears, said the Irish couldn't handle A&M's pressure. 'We turned it over too much. I don't know if it was nerves or what,' she said. 'We just didn't handle the pressure.'"

For her excellence on the court, Diggins was selected by the Associated Press as a 2011 Third Team All-American,[10] and she was also honored as one of ten members of the 2011 State Farm Coaches All-America Team. She joined Baylor's Brittney Griner as one of only two sophomores honored, and was just the third Irish women's basketball player to earn the award, joining Ruth Riley (2001) and Jacqueline Batteast (2005).

Diggins was chosen as one of four finalists for the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard. During the 2011 season, she was also selected as one of twenty midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, and was among thirty midseason candidates for the James A. Naismith Trophy. Connecticut's Maya Moore won both of these awards. In addition, Diggins was one of twenty-five players selected for the State Farm Wade Trophy's preseason "watch list". The Wade Trophy was also awarded to Moore.

In the 2011-2012 season Notre Dame won the Big East regular season title, defeating UConn both times they played. They then lost to them in the conference tournament finals. Notre Dame met up with UConn for a second straight year in the final four, with the Irish again coming out victorious, winning 83-75 in overtime. The Irish would go on to lose in the finals to Baylor. Diggins won the Big East player of the year award and was selected to the Associated Press All American First Team. She averaged 16.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.6 steals per game, leading the Big East in assists and steals. Her 102 steals were a Notre Dame single-season record.[2]

Professional[edit]

In the 2013 WNBA Draft, Diggins was drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock.[11]

USA Basketball[edit]

Diggins was a member of the USA Women's Under-18 National Team, starting all five games at the 2008 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was part of the United States team that went undefeated and won the gold medal. Statistically, she averaged 10.8 points on 50-percent shooting from the field, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2 steals in 23.2 minutes per game. In the tournament, she ranked among the top 10 in the entire tournament in scoring (10th), field goal percentage (7th), assists (2nd), steals (8th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd).

July 29, 2009: Notre Dame incoming freshman guard and United States co-captain Diggins (South Bend, Ind./Washington) scored 11 points, including three three-pointers in a 42-second span early in the first quarter, as the USA trounced Japan, 109-68, on Wednesday in its final Group F second-round contest at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship inside the Bangkok Thai-Japan Youth Center in Bangkok, Thailand.[12]

Diggins played on the team presenting the USA at the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. The team won all six games to earn the gold medal. She led the team in points, assists and steals in the game against Great Britain. Diggins was the third leading scorer on the team, with 12.3 points per game, and led the team in assists and steals with 29 and 20, respectively.[13]

Awards and honors[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Diggins is the daughter of Tige Diggins and Renee Scott and step-daughter of Maurice Scott. Diggins has three younger brothers and one younger sister.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/winners/2008-09/girls-basketball/bio/[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Skylar Diggins Bio". und.com. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "2009 WBCA High School All-America Game". WBCA. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Garrett Gilbert and Skylar Diggins Named Gatorade High School Athletes of the Year". Reuters. 2009-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Skylar Diggins - WNBA Draft". WNBA. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Diggins named All-American by WBCA; 3rd Irish player ever". WNDU.com. 
  7. ^ Byrne, Pete. "Skylar Diggins an All-American". wsbt.com. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ceaveland, Roger. "UConn upset by Notre Dame in Final Four". Republican-American (Waterbury, CT). Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Notre Dame stuns two-time defending champion UConn in national semifinal". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Rallo, Curt. "Notre Dame women's basketball: Diggins on All-American third team". SouthBendTribune.com. Retrieved March 30, 2011. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins go 1-2-3". espn.go.com. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.und.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/072909aab.html
  13. ^ "TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2011". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.wsbt.com/sports/41833927.html[dead link]