BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The mask is used to ward off the evil spirits. These spirits can be external or internal, and Skylar Diggins will tell you that self-doubt is the worst of them. So the mask is ever-present.
Diggins arrived with the mask at her major testing grounds in June -- first in the altitude at USA Basketball's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., then back at sea level for the Nike Skills Academy. She said her mission at both was to prove herself. To everyone else, but to herself as well.