Cheyenne Woods, Skylar Diggins and the Next Wave of Hot Athletes

Scott HowardContributor IApril 19, 2011

Cheyenne Woods, Skylar Diggins and the Next Wave of Hot Athletes

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    PITTSFORD, NY - JUNE 25:  Cheyenne Woods of the USA during the first round of the Wegmans LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club held on June 25, 2009 in Pittsford, NY.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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    The WNBA draft just happened. The NFL draft is coming up. Looming in the distance is the NBA draft.

    Drafts are important because they give us a look at the future of the league that we watch every day. The same can be said for sports hotties, who we certainly look at every least once.

    It's important to know who the up-and-coming hot athletes are so you can be the cool guy at the bar saying, "Oh yeah...I knew about her three months ago."

    Not only will you get instant credibility with your boys, but you'll also have more appreciation for the hottie if you've been following her for a long time.

    It's like when you track a player through the minors and he finally, after several years, becomes a major-league All-Star. You start beaming with pride, and your eyes tear up.

    It's the same with this list of the next wave of sports hotties...

8. Skylar Diggins: What's in a Name?

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    There are certain names in sports that draw our attention. Dallas McPherson was a baseball player in the Angels organization, and how could he not be with a name like that?

    Wide receivers have outrageous names like Plaxico and Peerless to match their outrageous personalities.

    That's why when we saw the name Skylar Diggins, we knew we had something special on our hands. Turns out the sophomore guard for the Notre Dame women's basketball team is not only a star player...she's also super hot.

    Her parents sure knew what they were doing when they named her.

8. Skylar Diggins: Not Just a Pretty Face

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    The problem with most sports hotties (if you can call it a problem) is that oftentimes they're not very good at their sport.

    Anna Kournikova is the most famous case, but the list goes on and on of girls who clearly take more pride in their appearance than their profession.

    Then there is the rare breed that can do both.

    Skylar Diggins jumped onto the national radar when she scored 28 points to lead the Notre Dame women's basketball team to a shocker over the perennial favorite UConn Huskies.

    When she scored 23 in a losing effort in the national championship game, her place was cemented on the list of hot athletes who are also good.

7. Cheyenne Woods: Yes, They're Related

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    When I heard that there was a female golfer named Cheyenne Woods, of course my first thought was: illegitimate child?

    Turns out that Cheyenne is Tiger Woods' niece, the daughter of Tiger's older half-brother Earl.

    She currently plays golf for Wake Forest and hopes to make a name for herself in the professional ranks after graduation.

7. Cheyenne Woods: An LPGA Dream

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    I'm sure the LPGA is drooling over Cheyenne, hoping that she ends up being a good pro.

    Not only is she young and hot, but she's also Tiger Woods' niece! Jackpot!

    Cheyenne received a sponsor's exemption to play in a professional tournament in 2009, but she missed the cut by four strokes.

    Something tells me once Cheyenne turns pro, the LPGA will be making a few more "exemptions" to make sure she gets on national television.

6. Beatriz Recari

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    Recari is a Spanish golfer who joined the LPGA Tour in 2010. She was runner-up for Rookie of the Year, so you know she's got some game to go along with the looks.

    When did women's golf become a must-watch?

5. Gabby Smith

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    Smith was a sophomore guard for the Vanderbilt Commodores this season. I'm not sure if she's good enough to be in the WNBA, but she better find some way to stay on television.

    I think there's an opening at ESPN for a WNBA sideline reporter.

4. Shasta Averyhardt

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    She may have hair similar to the stuffed animal on her golf bag, but that doesn't stop Shasta Averyhardt from being a member of the next generation of sports hotties.

    She made her LPGA debut in 2010, so she hasn't gained the fan following just yet. Time to jump on the bandwagon.

3. Jordan Sullivan

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    Jordan Sullivan (left) was a freshman for the Montana Lady Grizzlies basketball team this season.

    Her uncle, Robin Selvig, is also the team's head coach, but who among us hasn't taken advantage of nepotism at some point in our lives?

    From the picture it seems like she's a little feisty. You can't teach hustle.

2. Courtney Schiffauer

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    Courtney Schiffauer is a redshirt sophomore for the Michigan State Spartans. Since she didn't play last year, it's hard to find good pictures of her.

    But believe me, when you see her in person, you'll know why she's on this list.

1. Caroline Doty

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    Not only is Doty a basketball player at the best women's program in the country, but she's also resilient. Doty missed last season with her third torn ACL.

    You read that right...her third!

    UConn coach Geno Auriemma says that if she had been on the team, they would have gone undefeated once again.

    Injured or healthy, she's definitely in the next generation of sports hotties.