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Irish Insights


Popular point guard

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins' popularity skyrocketed during last season's run to the NCAA tournament championship game.

And the junior could become even more popular this season. But it can be hard to convince her of that.

"It was cool at first," Diggins said during Wednesday's media day. "I feel like now, I'm kind of like old oatmeal."

Diggins can say she feels like the spotlight has already jumped past her, but that is hard to fathom.

Her Twitter account was up to 119,516 followers Wednesday evening, and coach Muffet McGraw sees even more people becoming aware of the point guard, who was a third-team All-American last season.

"It's out of control," McGraw said with a laugh about Diggins' popularity. "That's something that we're always cognizant of, and we try to talk with her about that. So far it has not been a problem. She handled it well last year, but it was late in the season. It can really be a drain on a person of that age because they're so young.

"She's probably going to be the face of women's basketball on ESPN. You're going to see her everywhere, and everyone is going to want a piece of her. She's constantly being called for interviews and appearances, so we're trying to keep that to a bare minimum by making her available once a week and not doing too many things outside of basketball."

Diggins' ability to handle being pulled in so many different directions doesn't seem to affect her.

And her teammates say she is no different today than she was when she arrived at Notre Dame after staring at South Bend Washington.

"I think she handles it pretty well," forward Devereaux Peters said. "She likes that attention, she flourishes in that. … That's just her personality, it's not that much of a shock to me. She came in like that. We knew how she was off the bat, that's just the type of person she is. She is going to stand out in the crowd. That's just what she does. She's Skylar."