Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, who has helped lead the Irish to the Final Four in the last two seasons, is spending her summer as an intern for ESPNW. Her first big assignment was Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena where she was planning to interview Washington rookie Natalie Novosel, Diggins former teammate.
The story will be about Novosel’s adjustment to the professional game and her work and hardships she encountered along the way.
“Yeah, I said to Kara Lawson [the Connecticut Sun guard and ESPN veteran], ‘Hey, did we switch roles or something?”
Later this summer, Diggins, along with UConn’s Bria Hartley, will be in Greece playing in USA Basketball’s first international 3×3 tournament.
Diggins will be playing in the WNBA next summer, likely one of the first three players taken in the draft with Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.
Diggins has been to a few WNBA games to see Novosel and Devereaux Peters, the Notre Dame rookie playing in Minnesota. Peters is out with a broken hand.
“Dev has torn her ACL so many times, so a hand injury is like nothing for her,” Diggins smiled.
Diggins said she is confident Notre Dame will be able to quickly rebuild despite the loss to Novosel, Peters and Brittany Mallory.
“We have a lot players coming in that are all anxious to do whatever it is they need to,” Diggins said. “Coach McGraw does a great job recruiting smart, unselfish players.”
Junior center Natalie Achonwa will be playing for the Canadian Olympic team this summer in London.
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