Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player who is currently playing in the European Basketball League from the UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She started her professional debut in 2004 after being selected in the WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury. She played in the eleven seasons of WNBA from the Phoenix and was voted in Top 15 all-time players in WNBA history by fans in 2011. Besides, she has also played in four seasons from the Spartak Moscow, one season in Fenerbahce Istanbul and a season in Galatasaray Medical Park. She is the five time gold winner from the national team. She has won several other titles and honors in her career that has proved her to be one of the most influential and talented basketball players in the world.
Diana was born on June 11, 1982 and grew up in Chino, California. Her father is Mario Taurasi, who was born in Italy and raised in Argentina and a goalkeeper playing professionally from Italian club. Her mother Liliana Taurasi is an Argentinian. Both her parents had immigrated to United States before she was born. She has been playing basketball since her childhood. As she became passionate about the basketball, he wanted to start her career in it. She went to Don Antonio Lugo High School and played from the high school team where her performance was highly appreciated. She received 2000 Cheryl Miller Award presented by the LA times. She was named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year and also been the 1999 and 2000 Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year. She was named as a WBCA All-American.
With her highly decorated high school career, she enrolled at the University of Connecticut and started playing in the women’s basketball team. She primarily played as a point guard and shooting guard in the court. With her skilled performance, she led the team to three consecutive NCAA Championships winning several honors and titles. During her collegiate career, she got the legendary status by the Connecticut fans.
Following her collegiate career, she was selected in 2004 WNBA Draft by the phoenix Mercury from which she led her career. She has played with the Phoenix since 2004 till 2014. She sits out of the 2015 WNBA season at the request of her Russian Premier League Team, UMMC Ekaterinburg but will return to the team for 2016 WNBA season. Her vicious and brilliant performance in the game has awarded her with several of the awards and in the midst; she also got opportunity to play in the different international team, namely, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Galatasaray Medical Park and UMMC Ekaterinburg. With the 2014 season, she stood as the 2nd player in WNBA history in points per game, 5th in career points and 9th in career assists. She is an established and well considered name in the Basketball. She has the net worth of $1.5 million and has the annual salary of $500 thousand.
Moving onto her personal life, nothing has been revealed. There has not been any record of her past or present affairs nor has been spotted dating any man. She might have a boyfriend but the information is made completely low profile. She is not married till date and has no any child. She is still concentrating on her career and might be thinking to get married after she announce her retirement from professional play. She was once caught in the incident of allegedly speeding at about 2:30 a.m with her blood alcohol level being 0.17. Knowing the news, she was suspended for two games later that month by the Phoenix Mercury. Also, after being pleaded guilty to DUI, she was sentenced to 10 days jail but the judge had suspended the 9 days on it.Besides her appearance in court as a basketball player, she can be seen in a movie. She once had appeared in the 2006 movie Believe in Me where she had a cameo role.
Diana Taurasi has a huge fan base. She is an icon for many young female basketball enthusiasts and players who are dreaming to make their name in it. Her short biography is available on Wikipedia and several other sites have stored information on her. Besides, she can be followed in her Twitter and Instagram accounts which can be helpful to know more on her getting updated with her activities.