|Updated: 5/04 10:47 pm
||Published: 5/04 10:45 pm
Tulsa, Shock - Skylar Diggins said she was ready to get started as the Tulsa Shock’s first-round draft choice met the Tulsa media for the first time Saturday morning.
“I’m excited to be here. It’s like a dream come true. I’ve always dreamed of being in the (WNBA), and I think we have an opportunity to do big things here, so I’m happy to be here,” she said.
The former Notre Dame standout posed with her No. 4 Shock jersey and fielded questions for about 30 minutes at a media conference at the Health Zone, 5353 E. 68th St.
Has she done any research on her new city and state?
“The research told me two things. First, you need to get your cowboy boots, and second, you need to try the steaks and barbecue. So I’m ready. If anybody wants to take me to dinner, I might give you a card after this,” she said.
She’s more than familiar with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which wrapped up its first-round NBA playoff series with a win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
“I watched the game. I talked to (Thunder star Kevin Durant) before I came out here. I’ve known him for a couple of years, and I said, ‘You might have show me the ropes, and he was like, `I’ve got you.’
"I’ve paid more attention lately, but I’ve always loved (the Thunder). They’re young, new and exciting, just like us,” she said.
Diggins’ fame and popularity –- her 370,000 Twitter followers are the most of any WNBA player -- have already done wonders for the Shock, team President Steve Swetoha said.
“Season ticket sales are up ... and our social media sites are trending and adding new people every day,” he said. “Never in my four years have we seen an excitement in a player until now.”
But Swetoha said the bottom line is “all about winning. We drafted her because we know she can help us win basketball games.”
Courtesy - Tulsaworld.com