PESH Basketball Star Begins TCU Journey
PESH graduate, Tavy Diggs, fell in love with the game of basketball in second grade. With the help of her mother, who attended Friends University in Kansas on a basketball scholarship, her journey began. While her mom coached basketball at Armstrong Middle School, Diggs was always in the gym working on her game. As she grew older, her hard work began to pay off.
Diggs explained, “My high school coach saw me in seventh and eighth grade, then I tried out my ninth grade year. I made the team, so I practiced at Plano East and had classes at McMillen. I played varsity at PESH all four years.”
When asked what the most challenging part of the game has been for her, Diggs said, “During my junior and senior year, my coach was looking at me to be the leader. It was hard because I had never done it before. Leading my team was definitely the most challenging.”
Diggs’ drive to succeed was unwavering throughout her high school career. “After my freshman year, I told myself I’m not skipping the playoffs again. I wrote it down. My parents always told me to write things down and make it come true,” said Diggs. “I really wanted to make the playoffs. Not just make it, but go past it. We went past the first round my sophomore year. It was really shocking because it had been around 23 years since we’ve done that.”
Outside of high school, Diggs played for DC Queens throughout her life. During the summer of her ninth grade year, she joined Urban Heroes. By Sept. 1 of her junior year, Diggs began getting calls from college coaches, as well as many visits to watch her play during practice and games. Diggs’ top choices for college were Washington State, Rutgers, Rice, Tulsa and TCU.
After thinking about her family, along with the people who would want to watch her play college basketball, Diggs decided staying close to home was the best decision. Her summer at TCU has been exciting and extremely busy. “I moved in June 2 and had freshman orientation. For the June session, we woke up at 5:30 a.m. and had to be on the court at 6:20 a.m. We worked on individual skills, then went to our conditioning coach to do 15 minutes of conditioning with him. We then had an hour of lifting weights.”
She went on to say, “We showered and got ready for class from 9 - 11:50 a.m. After that, I did more weights since I’m a freshman. Mondays and Thursdays we had open gym where we scrimmaged our teammates in four out of seven games. After that, go to sleep, then do it all over again.”
Advice Diggs will never forget came from her former basketball coach who said, “Win everyday. Win in the classroom. Win on the court. Make sure you stay who you are.” Diggs emphasized that winning with class is of great importance to PESH athletes.
Diggs is an inspiration to everyone who has dreams of becoming a well-rounded, successful and caring athlete. She carries herself with class and has a bright future on the court and in life. She has solid advice for those who have similar dreams of basketball success. “When you’re starting out you’re going to make a lot of sacrifices, but you can’t give up, especially when things don’t go your way. If you want to be a leader, you need to learn to follow before you can lead. I gave up a lot of social time with my friends in high school for basketball. I’m happy with it because I got exactly what I worked for. It’s important to sacrifice because you have to give up something if you want something.