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As if the presence of three-time (three-time!) cover girl Kate Upton and the resurrection of “blast from the past” models like Mrs. John Legend Chrissy Teigen weren’t reason enough to cop the 50th Anniversary Issue of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition, here’s another reason – Skylar Diggins.

The former Notre Dame and current Tulsa Shock basketball star who’s on the highlight reel as much for her red-carpet looks as she is for her no-look passes was tapped by SI to join US soccer star Alex Morgan and surfer Anastasia Ashley as one of three athletes joining the many models in the issue. Skylar tweeted a teaser of sorts from the issue earlier today.


Those who have been victims of The Diggins Thirst are all too aware of the beauty Skylar possesses beneath her competitive tough exterior, but these images of Skylar are truly a sight to behold and she looks gorgeous.

Peep the gallery and video below to see some of our favorite shots from Skylar Diggins’ layout with SI, and for the full set of her images, head on over to The 50th Anniversary Issue of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition is currently in stores now.