The hype surrounding the 2013 WNBA Draft class – which includes three game-changing prospects in Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, all currently playing for their respective colleges – is at an all-time high as all three have the potential to immediately make a substantial impact on a franchise. Each week, WNBA.com will update you with what each of these players is doing for their respective schools as it's never to early for WNBA fans to start following some of the future stars of this league.
While Brittney Griner had this past week off, it was a good week for Elena Delle Donne, as she had her best game of the season, and it was an even better week for Skylar Diggins, who led her team to a World Vision Classic title. Find out more below.
12/29 vs. Villanova (Blue Sky Classic), 5/7PM ET: Live Video
12/30 Blue Sky Classic Consolation/Finals, 5/7PM ET: Live Video
1/2 at Saint John's, 7PM ET: Listen
We've only seen it in ever-so-short-glimpses this year, but Elena Delle Donne showed everyone why she is so highly sought after with her performance against Monmouth on Dec. 22. In just 24 minutes of action, Delle Donne was dominant -- the clear best player on the floor. In just over half the game, she scored 30 points (her 30th career 30-point game) and also grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocks. After losing to Maryland, this 29-point blowout of Monmouth has got to raise the spirits of Blue Hens fans.
If she can stay on the floor -- she's only played three games this year -- then Delaware could be a dangerous team in 2013.
What They're Saying:
Delle Donne told this to Graham Hays of ESPNW after the Maryland game, her first game since Nov. 20.
"Just being on the court gives me a lot of hope. It's been the one thing that's keeping me going, and trying to keep my mindset right, stay happy about everything. So being out there was incredible for me."
12/29 vs. Purdue, 2PM ET: Live Video
12/31 vs. Saint Francis (PA), 1PM ET: Live Video
1/05 at Connecticut, 4 PM ET: Live Video *Watch on CBS
It was a big week for Skylar Diggins as she re-found her scoring touch while leading Notre Dame to a World Vision Classic title and being named Tournament MVP. Diggins averaged 20.3 points per game throughout the three-day tournament and she was especially active in the last two contests, dishing out eight assists (and shooting 8-for-12 from the field) in the semifinals against Kansas State and accounting for five steals in the finals against Texas A&M. Diggins has proven to be a big-game player and this week was no different.
Maybe even more satisfying for Diggins is that she got some revenge -- something we mentioned was on her Christmas list -- by besting Texas A&M, the team that defeated Notre Dame in the 2011 NCAA Championship game.
What They're Saying:
Diggins tweeted this to her 284,000+ followers following the tournament win.
"World Vision Classic champs! So proud of the way my young team came together and found a way to win against a good a&m team!"
12/29 at Southeastern Louisiana, 8PM ET: Live Video
1/02 at TCU, 8PM ET: Listen
1/06 vs. Oklahoma State, 5:30 PM ET: Listen
Brittney Griner hasn't played since our last edition of Tomorrow's Stars, but nothing has changed. She is still the most explosive, unstoppable and talked about player in the college game. So, don't my word for it. Read what others are saying about her below.
"What Griner does on the court, she does on a scale unprecedented in the women's game. To watch her play is to see a human grenade explode; she's coiled and streamlined and aerodynamic until that moment when she throws all of her 208 pounds at the basket and unleashes, a mess of arms and legs going everywhere."
"She just changes what open is. Offensively, you can do a few things to try to maybe push her off of her comfort zone, just like any good player, but then you kind of have to hope she misses. But defensively, it's more 'What do you do with that?' You think you're open, and then she takes two steps and you're not open."