words // Brandon Richard
Ready to embark on her second WNBA season, Skylar Diggins recently teamed up with Eastbay to show us how she prepares to win. With Skylar, we sat down for an exclusive interview, in which she spoke about her professional and personal life, fashion and her status as a role model to young women. All of this in addition to shooting for the cover of this month’s Eastbay catalog.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Skylar was named Miss Indiana Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in 2009 before taking her talents to the University of Notre Dame. As a member of the Irish, Diggins went to three Final Fours, was a two-time Big East Player of the Year, three-time AP All-American and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer. She also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management-Entrepreneurship. Last year, she entered the WNBA Draft as one of the much hyped ‘Three to See’ and was selected third overall by the Tulsa Shock.
With her rookie campaign now out of the way, Diggins is ready to return to the BOK Center hardwood to help the Shock improve on last season’s mark. She’s preparing to win, training harder than ever in hopes of getting her team to its first postseason since relocating from Detroit in 2010.
The best way to get a feel for Skylar’s mindset heading into season two is to hear it directly from her. In the video interview below, Skylar tells us the best part of being in the WNBA, describes her playing style, explains how she balances her busy personal life and career and recalls her Eastbay experiences growing up.
In addition to being one of the best female ballers on the planet, Skylar is also known for her fashion sense and personal style. Here, she describes her off-court style, lists her favorite colors and explains the story behind her famous tied-up headband.
As one of today’s most high-profile female players, Skylar is a role model to young girls and women everywhere. Recognizing the reach of her influence, she tells us why being a role model is important to her and offers a little advice to her young fanbase.
But Skylar doesn’t just want to tell you how she’s training and what she’s training in — she wants to show you. Below is a lookbook of the new Nike Women’s Training gear she wears while putting in the work necessary to be one of the world’s elite.
For her warm up, Skylar stays cool in Nike Dri-Fit.
Keeping herself warm during the colder months, Skylar trains in the Nike Pro Half-Zip.
The Nike Elastika Tank pulls sweat off the skin to keep you cool and dry during intense training. Skylar pairs hers with a colorNike Pro Bra and fun printed Nike Pro Shorts.
Leggings are a big current fashion trend for women, but offer some performance value as well. Nike’s Leg-A-See Tight is stylish and versatile, offering a comfortable fit that moves with you.
The Nike Tech Fleece Poncho, an off-court essential for Skylar offering style that won’t let her down.
And the end result — Skylar Diggins covering your January 2014 Eastbay Catalog.
Is Skylar excited? You bet.