Most years, a player like Skylar Diggins would be in the running to be selected No. 1 overall. Most years, there's no Brittney Griner entrenched as the consensus top choice.
The Tulsa Shock will happily take Diggins all the same.
The 5'9" point guard averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game as a senior for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Diggins shot a career-high from three-point range (36 percent) and the free-throw line (81 percent) this season. Her year and career ended on a sad note as the Irish were upset by the UConn Huskies in the national semifinal.
She struggled mightily from the field against the Huskies. She made just 3-of-15 shots and turned the ball over six times. Diggins did dish eight assists to show her ability to help her team even when her shot isn't falling.
Still, it wasn't enough to get the victory.
Where will Diggins finish in the Rookie of the Year voting?
But it's time to put that heartache behind her now. She has bigger mountains to climb as a professional.
Diggins brings an excellent all-around game and natural leadership qualities to the Shock.
Everything about her says superstar. Her striking beauty and amazing on-court skills will likely make here one of the new faces of the WNBA.
Notre Dame's women's basketball program was made better because of Diggins' presence for four years. So too shall the Shock's organization.
They have found a winner that may turn out to be a little more than a consolation prize when all is said and done.
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