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January 2015


Introduction: The top three picks in the 2013 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft were perhaps the most talented top three picks in league history, and they were certainly the most celebrated.' Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins were phenomenal youth players, attracting attention from collegiate coaches shortly after they began playing competitively. Delle Donne received her first major university scholarship offer when she was in the seventh grade, and Diggins received her first in the eighth. Griner did not start playing competitive basketball until her freshman year of high school, but before long, she too was receiving scholarship offers from major universities. As high-school seniors, all three made the McDonald's All-American team, and each was named the best high- school women's basketball player of the year by one ranking service or another.