February 29, 2012

Skylar Diggins, New Basketball Legend

Skylar Diggins, a South Bend Native, was recruited in the eighth grade, the earliest recruit the Notre Dame women's basketball coach Randy Waldrum has ever committed. She says it was probably the most important recruit she has ever made, and maybe the most important the Fighting Irish have ever gotten. Diggins, averaging 22 points, 6 steals, 5 assists and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 53% from the field, is one of the most competitive girls South Bend Tribune sportswriter Scott Davidson has ever seen. The young star gives her mother credit for her competitiveness. “I'm going to play until I win,” she told Davidson. Skylar Diggins was the only freshman starter on the Women's Fighting Irish basketball team, and now, as a junior, is taking lead of the team. Her teammates look up to her, and as coach Waldrum puts it, “Skylar is the life of the team, she's always happy and dancing, and when it's time for a game or practice she's the motivation for the girls.”
Diggins' fame exploded in April, 2011 when L'il Wayne tweeted “Good lukk to my wife Skylar Diggins and the Fighting Irish.” Skylar's Twitter followers jumped from 6 to 145,000 and she's now one of the most followed national athletes, up with Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. She's won countless awards and medals – including being a two time All-American. People have even started calling her one of the greats- up with Lisa Leslie and Maya Moore. One thing's for sure though- Skylar Diggins is one big deal.

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