Skylar Diggins-Smith

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Skylar Diggins-Smith
Skylar Diggins-Smith.jpg
Diggins-Smith in 2017
No. 4 – Phoenix Mercury
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1990-08-02) August 2, 1990 (age 32)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight145 lb (66 kg)
Career information
High schoolWashington (South Bend, Indiana)
CollegeNotre Dame (2009–2013)
WNBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Tulsa Shock
Playing career2013–Present
Career history
20132019Tulsa Shock / Dallas Wings
2020–presentPhoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Women's basketball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo Team
U18 and U19
Gold medal – first place 2008 U18 Buenos Aires
Gold medal – first place 2009 U19 Bangkok
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen
Basketball 3x3
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Athens

Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith (born August 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Diggins was drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2013 WNBA draft. In high school, she was the National Gatorade Player of the Year and the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year. She played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and led the team to three consecutive Final Fours and two consecutive NCAA championship appearances. She finished her Notre Dame career ranked first in points and steals, second in assists, and as a two-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation.

Early life[edit]

Diggins-Smith was born in South Bend, Indiana. She is the daughter of Tige Diggins and Renee Scott. Diggins-Smith has three younger brothers Tige, Destyn, and Maurice and one younger sister, Hanneaf. She also grew up playing softball.

High school career[edit]

Diggins-Smith was four-year varsity basketball letter winner at Washington High School in South Bend, where the Panthers had a combined record of 102–7.[2] Diggins-Smith led the Panthers to state championship games, including Washington's title-winning season of 2007 and finished her career with 2,790 points, the third-highest girls' scoring total in Indiana history for an average of 25.9 points per game. She received national honors including the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, and Miss Indiana Basketball. Diggins-Smith was named a WBCA All-American, and was a McDonald's All-American selection.[3] She participated in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points.[4] In addition to basketball, she participated in volleyball and did well academically, earning High Academic Honors as a senior, and being a member of National Honor Society.[1]In the March 30, 2009, issue of Sports Illustrated, she was part of its Faces in the Crowd segment.[5] Diggins-Smith chose Notre Dame over Stanford, but was able to make friends with Stanford alum Candice Wiggins after visiting the university.

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a freshman, Diggins-Smith became the fourth Indiana native to join the Irish roster in 2009–10, and she was one of three Miss Basketball honorees on the 2009–10 Notre Dame roster. On November 15, 2009, Diggins-Smith made her collegiate debut for Notre Dame, recording 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 102–57 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. During her freshman year, she set four Notre Dame freshman records. Her total points scored (484) were the fourth best ever by a freshman, and her 112 assists were the third most by a freshmen. On March 23, Diggins-Smith recorded 31 points, six assists, and seven steals in a 84–66 win over 10th-seeded Vermont in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament. Her 31 points were the most by a Notre Dame player in their tournament debut.

Sophomore season[edit]

Diggins-Smith rose to national prominence in her sophomore year, leading the Irish to the second championship game appearance in school history, ten years after Notre Dame captured the national title in 2001. Diggins-Smith became the second Notre Dame women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone before the end of her sophomore season.[6] She scored then season-high 24 points in a 73–59 win over fourth-ranked Tennessee in the Elite Eight to help Notre Dame reach its 3rd Final Four ever. She was recognized as MOP of the NCAA Dayton Regional.[7]In the Final Four, Diggins-Smith recorded season-high 28 points, six assists, four rebounds, and 2 steals in a 72–63 victory against top-seeded UConn, the defending champions. [8] [9] In a 76–70 loss to Texas A&M Aggies at the national championship game, Diggins-Smith posted 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. However, she committed 6 turnovers, the last one ending Notre Dame's chances for good as the game clock wound down. As the Associated Press reported, "Diggins, fighting back tears, said the Irish couldn't handle A&M's pressure. 'We turned it over too much. I don't know if it was nerves or what,' she said. 'We just didn't handle the pressure.'" Diggins-Smith was a third-team All-American: she earned third-team All-American honors from the AP and the USBWA, and made the State Farm Coaches All-America Team. [10]

Junior season[edit]

In her junior season, Diggins-Smith became the fourth NCAA Division I player in the past decade (since 2001–02) to register 600 points, 200 assists and 100 steals in a single season. She set a school record with 102 steals, while her 222 assists were third-most on the Notre Dame single-season list, and her 657 points ranked fourth on the school's single-season chart. After leading Notre Dame to the Big East regular-season title, she was named Big East Player of the Year. She was also an unanimous first-team All-Big East. On March 27, at the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Diggins-Smith recorded the first triple-double in Notre Dame postseason history with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against Maryland. In their next game against UConn, she scored 19 points en route to earning their second straight championship appearance. In the national championship game, Diggins-Smith scored 20 as the Irish lost to Baylor 80–61. Diggins-Smith was a unanimous first-team All-American: she earned first-team All-American honors from the AP and the USBWA, and made the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches' All-America Team. She was the first Notre Dame to win the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation.

Senior season[edit]

In her final season at Notre Dame, Diggins-Smith posted career-high 33 points and five assists in a 77–67 victory over Tennessee. On February 24, Diggins-Smith recorded her second career triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against DePaul. Diggins-Smith recorded 225 assists, the third most assists in school history. Her 114 steals was the most in a single season history. At the end of the regular season, she was named Big East Player of the Year for the second straight year and unanimous First Team All-Big East. In the Big East Tournament, Diggins-Smith was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the Irish to their first Big East championship game victory. She recorded 12 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds defeating the UConn Huskies, came up with decisive steal with eight seconds left in a tie game, then weaved through three Connecticut defenders before passing off to Natalie Achonwa for a game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds remaining. Diggins-Smith scored a game-high 27 points in a 87–76 win over second-seeded Duke in the Elite Eight to help Notre Dame reach its 3rd straight Final Four. She was recognized as MOP of the Norfolk Regional. At the Final Four, Notre Dame was defeated by Big East rival UConn, 83–65, and finished the season with a 35–2 record. Diggins-Smith was named the Nancy Lieberman Award becoming the third player to win the award twice; was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and the USBWA, with the AP vote being unanimous. Diggins-Smith is the only Notre Dame basketball player (either gender) and one of only six NCAA Division I players since 1999–2000 to compile 2,000 points/500 rebounds/500 assists/300 steals in her career. She finished her career ranking first in points, steals, free throws made, free throws attempted, games started, minutes played, double-figure scoring games and triple-doubles, and second in school history for career assists, field goals made, field goals attempted and games played

Notre Dame statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009-10 Notre Dame 35 484 43.9 35.0 78.2 4.1 3.2 2.6 0.7 13.8
2010-11 Notre Dame 39 585 43.2 33.3 73.2 4.0 4.8 1.9 0.4 15.0
2011-12 Notre Dame 39 657 50.0 35.5 78.6 3.3 5.7 2.6 0.5 16.8
2012-13 Notre Dame 37 631 42.3 36.2 81.4 3.5 6.1 3.0 0.7 17.1
Career Notre Dame 150 2357 44.8 35.0 77.8 3.7 5.0 2.5 0.6 15.7

Professional career[edit]

Diggins-Smith playing in the 2014 NBA All-Star Celebrity game (Michael B. Jordan also pictured)

In the 2013 WNBA draft, Diggins was drafted 3rd overall by the Tulsa Shock.[12]

Diggins-Smith averaged 8.5 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, 26.4 minutes per game and led the Shock in assists per game (3.8). She was named to the All-Rookie Team. Diggins had a breakout year in the 2014 WNBA season and was named a WNBA All-Star for the first time and was also voted as a starter. In a regular season game loss to the San Antonio Stars, Diggins-Smith scored a career-high 34 points.[13] During the All-Star game, she had a team high 27 points including a lay-up that sent the game into overtime. She ranked second in league in scoring with 20.1 points per game, fourth in assists with 5.0 and tenth in steals with 1.5. Diggins-Smith passed former guard Deanna Nolan for the most points in a Shock season with 683 points.[14] Diggins-Smith won the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player Award.[15]

Diggins-Smith in 2018

On June 28, 2015, Diggins-Smith suffered a torn ACL with 44 seconds left in a regular season game victory against the Seattle Storm, she would miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs since the Shock had a playoff berth finishing 3rd in the western conference. They would get swept in the first round by the Phoenix Mercury. Diggins-Smith only played 9 games and averaged 17.8 points per game, she was named a WNBA all-star starter for the second year in a row despite missing the all-star game due to the torn ACL injury.[16]

Diggins-Smith is one of only a few WNBA All-Stars who do not play overseas during the off-season.

After recovering from a torn ACL injury, Diggins-Smith returned in time for the 2016 season, her first game back from injury was on May 21, 2016. By this time the Tulsa Shock had relocated to Dallas, Texas with the franchise being renamed the Dallas Wings. Diggins-Smith had also signed a multi-year contract extension with the Wings.[17] She played 27 games and averaged 13.1 points per game throughout the season.

In the 2017 season, Diggins-Smith would play all 34 games of the season and return to peak form. She scored a season-high 30 points along with a franchise record 7 three-pointers in an 81–69 win over the San Antonio Stars.[18] Diggins-Smith would then be voted into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game. Diggins-Smith finished off the season averaging 18.5 ppg as well as a career-high in assists and rebounds, helping the Wings reach the playoffs as the number 7 seed in the league. In her first career playoff game, Diggins-Smith scored 15 points in a losing effort to the Washington Mystics of the first round elimination game.

On June 8, 2018, Diggins-Smith scored a new career-high of 35 points along with 12 rebounds in an 89–83 victory over the Indiana Fever.[19] Diggins-Smith would be voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game for her fourth all-star game appearance. Diggin-Smith would averaged a new career-high in assists. The Wings finished 15–19 with the number 8 seed in the league. They would lose in the first round elimination game yet again by a score of 101–83 to the Phoenix Mercury.

In 2019, Diggins-Smith opted to sit out the entire season after giving birth to her first child in April. Without Diggins-Smith, the Wings missed out on the playoffs with a disappointing 10–24 record. Days after the end of the 2019 season, Diggins-Smith confirmed on her twitter account that she had played the entire 2018 season while pregnant without telling anybody in response to the negative criticism she received for not playing. She had also mentioned that she had taken time away from basketball due to postpartum depression and expressed her displeasure with the Dallas Wings organization for their lack of support during her absence.[20][21]

In January 2020, Diggins-Smith announced that she wouldn't return and play for the Dallas Wings.[22] In February 2020, Diggins-Smith was acquired by the Phoenix Mercury in a sign-and-trade deal for 2020 draft picks and a future first-round pick.[23][24] The 2020 season was delayed and shortened to 22 games in a bubble at IMG Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Diggins-Smith made her return on July 25, 2020, scoring 14 points along with 6 assists in a 99–76 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. On September 9, 2020, Diggins-Smith scored a season-high 33 points in a 100–95 overtime win against the Connecticut Sun.[25] The Mercury finished 13–9 as the number 5 seed. In the first round elimination game, the Mercury won 85–84 against the defending champion Washington Mystics. In the second round elimination game, the Mercury were defeated by the Minnesota Lynx by a final score of 80–79.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

Regular season[edit]

2013 Tulsa 32 21 28.7 .328 .244 .833 1.9 3.8 1.3 0.3 2.9 8.5
2014 Tulsa 34° 34° 35.1° .424 .284 .842 2.5 5.0 1.5 0.6 2.9 20.1
2015 Tulsa 9 9 32.1 .405 .448 .918 2.7 5.0 1.6 0.3 2.0 17.8
2016 Dallas 27 25 28.3 .390 .299 .788 1.9 3.4 1.1 0.3 2.3 13.1
2017 Dallas 34 34 34.2° .422 .350 .894 3.5 5.8 1.3 0.8 2.8 18.5
2018 Dallas 32 32 34.1° .403 .297 .839 3.3 6.2 1.4 0.5 2.5 17.9
2020 Phoenix 22° 22° 30.7 .474 .397 .900 3.3 4.2 0.9 0.5 3.2 17.7
2021 Phoenix 32° 32° 32.5 .450 .370 .818 3.2 5.3 1.1 0.8 2.6 17.7
2022 Phoenix 30 30 34.0 .429 .296 .844 4.0 5.5 1.6 1.0 2.7 19.7
Career 9 years, 2 teams 252 239 32.1 .417 .325 .848 2.9 5.0 1.3 0.6 2.7 16.7


2017 Dallas 1 1 34.6 .333 .200 1.000 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 5.4
2018 Dallas 1 1 37.6 .421 .167 1.000 2.0 7.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 23.0
2020 Phoenix 2 2 36.5 .303 .231 .900 5.0 5.5 0.5 0.0 3.5 16.0
2021 Phoenix 11 11 34.9 .368 .311 .741 3.6 6.1 1.0 0.5 2.3 13.9
Career 4 years, 2 teams 15 15 35.3 .360 .282 .822 3.7 5.9 0.8 0.3 2.6 14.9

USA Basketball[edit]

Diggins-Smith was a member of the USA Women's U18 National Team, starting all five games at the 2008 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was part of the United States team that went undefeated and won the gold medal. She averaged 10.8 points on 50-percent shooting from the field, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 23.2 minutes per game. In the tournament, she ranked among the top 5 in scoring (1st), field goal percentage (7th), assists (1st), steals (1st) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1st).

Diggins-Smith played on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team that posted an 8–1 record in Bangkok, Thailand, and brought home the gold medal. She played in eight games and averaged 11.6 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 23.1 minutes a game.

Diggins-Smith again played for USA Basketball at the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. They won all six games to earn the gold medal. She led the team in points, assists and steals in the game against Great Britain. Diggins was the third leading scorer on the team, with 74 points, and led the team in assists and steals with 29 and 20, respectively.[26]

In September 2014, Diggins-Smith got the news that she didn't make the World Championship team after meeting with U.S. women’s national team director Carol Callan and coach Geno Auriemma. She averaged 5.0 ppg. and 1.3 apg. in three USA National Team exhibition games and was one of the final three cuts.[27]


Diggins-Smith has become an advocate against childhood obesity, a guest interviewer for ESPN, and a model for Nike. She has appeared in Vogue magazine and in a swimsuit shoot for Sports Illustrated.[28]

Starting with the 2020-21 NBA season, Diggins Smith has also been a guest broadcast team member for the Phoenix Suns.[29]

Diggins-Smith also hosts "Shoot 4 The Sky" camps around the world for boys and girls grades 2–12.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Diggins-Smith has a degree from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.[28] In June 2016, Diggins got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Daniel Smith who is a former Clay High School and Notre Dame wide receiver.[31] The couple got married in May 2017, and she changed her last name to Diggins-Smith.[32] The couple had their first child in April 2019.[33] On October 17th, 2022 Diggins-Smith revealed the couple was expecting their second child.

Endorsement deals[edit]

In 2013, Diggins-Smith signed with Roc Nation Sports, becoming the first female athlete to do so.[34][35] That same year, she also signed an endorsement deal with Nike.[36] In 2014, Diggins-Smith signed an endorsement deal with Bodyarmor SuperDrink.[37]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • 6× WNBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022)
  • 4× All-WNBA First Team (2014, 2017, 2021, 2022)
  • 2× All-WNBA Second Team (2018, 2020)
  • WNBA Most Improved Player (2014)


High school[edit]

  • 2009 consensus Naismith Prep Player of the Year, earning top honors from Gatorade, Atlanta Tipoff Club (Naismith Trophy), ESPN Hoopgurlz and MaxPreps
  • Three-time high school All-American by Parade magazine (first team 2008 and 2009; third team 2007)
  • Three-time high school All-American by EA Sports (first team 2008 and 2009; second team 2007)
  • USA Today All-USA Team (first team 2009; third team 2008)
  • USA Today All-Underclass Team (2006)
  • Two-time Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year (2008 and 2009)
  • Two-time MaxPreps Indiana Player of the Year/first-team All-American (2008 and 2009)
  • 2009 Indiana Miss Basketball[38]
  • 2009 South Bend Tribune Girls' Athlete of the Year (covers all female high school athletes in all sports throughout newspaper's coverage area)



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Wild 'n Out Herself Team Captain
2017 Little Ballers Indiana Herself Co-executive producer[39]


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  16. ^ Shock's Skylar Diggins named WNBA All-Star starter
  17. ^ Dallas Wings Sign Skylar Diggins to Contract Extension
  18. ^ Diggins-Smith hits franchise record 7 3s, Wings beat Stars
  19. ^ Diggins-Smith has career-high 35 points, Wings win[dead link]
  20. ^ Skylar Diggins-Smith Reveals She Played Entire 2018 Season While Pregnant
  21. ^ Skylar Diggins-Smith Says She Played Entire 2018 WNBA Season While Pregnant
  22. ^ Skylar Diggins-Smith says she does not plan on returning to Dallas
  23. ^ Skylar Diggins-Smith Traded to Mercury; Joins Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
  24. ^ Phoenix Mercury Acquire Skylar Diggins-Smith in Sign-and-Trade Deal
  25. ^ Mercury's Diggins-Smith ties game with prayer at buzzer leading to OT win over Sun
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  31. ^ WNBA Superstar Skylar Diggins Is Married to Daniel Smith: See Her Engagement Ring!
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  33. ^ Skylar Diggins-Smith Played an Entire WNBA Season Pregnant Without 'Telling a Soul'
  34. ^ Some of the Best Women Endorsement Deals
  35. ^ How Skylar Diggins became a success story for Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports
  36. ^ Skylar Diggins lands Nike Air Force 1 endorsement deal
  37. ^ WNBA Superstar Skylar Diggins Becomes BODYARMOR Endorser
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