The greatest basketball player in Notre Dame women's basketball history is finally leaving home.
South Bend native Skylar Diggins was selected with the 3rd overall pick in the WNBA Draft Monday night by the Tulsa Shock.
Many hoped Diggins would be selected by the Chicago Sky with the 2nd overall pick. But the Sky are stacked with guards and needed front court help and selected Delaware star Elena Delle Donne at #2 instead.
"Notre Dame and South Bend are the best fans and they have the best fan base in the nation," Diggins said. "And I know they will support me anywhere that I go and so will my parents and I'm just excited for this opportunity. It's a dream come true and I can't believe I'm here right now."
Diggins will play just two games in the upcoming season close to home. She and the Shock will play in Chicago on Sunday June 2nd at 5pm. They will face Indiana in Indianapolis Friday June 28th at 6pm.
Skylar will be an immediate starter with the Shock, which does not have a point guard.
"I just want to do my job as a point guard and come in and do whatever the team needs me to do," Diggins said. "Just try and be that floor general and leader."
Brittney Griner of Baylor was the #1 overall pick to the Phoenix Mercury.
Diggins leaves Notre Dame as its all-time leading scorer. She transformed the Irish program, leading the team to the Final Four three straight seasons.
It's the 2nd straight year Notre Dame has had a player selected with the 3rd overall pick. Dev Peters went in the same slot last season.