A dynamic personality on and off the court, Skylar Diggins is taking women's basketball to a level it's never seen before. A five-time USA Basketball gold medalist (including a captain on the 2010 USA Under-19 World Championship Team, 2011 USA World University Games Team and 2012 USA 3x3 World Championship Team) and a four-time college All-American, the native of South Bend, Ind., is making her mark on the professional level in her second season with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. She was chosen by the team as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft.
Diggins’ pro career comes on the heels of a historic four-year run at the University of Notre Dame that saw her rewrite the Fighting Irish record books, leaving campus as the holder (or co-holder) of no fewer than 32 game, season or career records. She also ranks among the top five on an astounding 105 of the school's game, season or career charts, holding the Notre Dame records for career points (2,357), steals (381), games started (144) and double-figure scoring games (121), just to name a few. What's more, Diggins is the only player (of either gender) in Notre Dame basketball history to register 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in her career, and one of only six NCAA Division I women's basketball players since 1999-2000 to reach those impressive marks. She also ranks among the top 15 players in BIG EAST Conference history in four career categories - assists (15th), steals (tied-15th), free throws made (7th) and free throws attempted (11th).
Diggins is the only player in Notre Dame history to be a four-time All-America selection, earning consensus first-team honors in 2012 and 2013 to join Ruth Riley as the only Fighting Irish cagers ever to pull off that feat. In addition, she broke new ground in the Notre Dame history books as a three-time NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (2010-Dayton, 2011-Raleigh, 2012-Norfolk), a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year and a two-time recipient of the Nancy Lieberman Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard (the past two seasons making her just the third two-time honoree in the award's history), along with being the 2013 recipient of the Dawn Staley Award.
In addition to her well-documented social media prowess (highlighted by a Twitter account with more than 500,000 followers), Diggins is a bright and gifted young woman who earned her bachelor's degree in management-entrepreneurship from Notre Dame in May 2013.
In her 2nd year in the WNBA, Diggins’s second year in the WNBa is proving to be her break-through year, winning her 1st WNBA All Star starting position and earning Western Conference player of the week. Recently she posted a career-high 34 points versus the San Antonio Stars.