Notre Dame honors Skylar Diggins

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former player Skylar Diggins, who led the Fighting Irish to three consecutive NCAA women’s Final Four games, visited Notre Dame where she was recognized during a pre-game ceremony for her achievements.

Skylar becomes the latest person inducted into Notre Dame’s ring of honor.

She walked out onto the floor with her parents by her side.

“I’m at a loss for words and people who know me know that doesn’t happen often. The only way I can sum it up is blessed,” said Diggins.

The crowd cheered as the banner honoring Diggins' number 4 was raised to the rafters, where it will hang permanently.

“I’m just so honored. Usually it doesn’t happen for a few years but Notre Dame’s special to me. This is a big day and I don’t know how I feel about it but I’m happy it’s happening.”

And so are fans like Brooke. She said the four-time All-American guard, who is the only player in Notre Dame history to register 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 300 steals, deserves every bit of the honor she is receiving.

“She’s a great player. She’s a team player too. I just love her spirit. So go number 4!” Brooke said.

Skylar said it is her family that got her to this point.

“My family is the reason I sit up here today. I dedicate this whole experience to my family.”

What does she want her legacy to be?

“Well I just want to go down as a person and a player who really valued her family, someone who was a fierce competitor on the court, who cared for so deeply the city of South Bend, where I’m from, Notre Dame.”

Skylar now plays for the Tulsa Shock.

ABC57 asked her where she wants to be in the next five years and she said she plans to do so many different things in life, some things not even related to basketball.

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