Sabrina Ionescu, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft and Oregon basketball great, has signed with WME Sports, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
The New York Liberty are expected to select Ionescu with the top pick in the draft, which will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Ionescu holds the NCAA record for most triple-doubles in a career, a sign of her utter dominance during her four seasons in Eugene. She was awarded Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in three of her four years in the conference and completed her career with ridiculous stats: 17.9 points, 7.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
The number get even more gaudy: 45.2 percent shooting from the field, 41.8 percent from deep and 84.7 percent from the free-throw line. And don’t forget a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, all while averaging 34.4 minutes per outing and starting all 131 of her 131 college contests.
Her individual accolades equated to contributing to a lot of team accolades while she was at Oregon, too. The program went to its first-ever Sweet 16 in 2017, her freshman year, in the same year it made its first March Madness appearance since 2005. She then led Oregon to back-to-back return trips to the second weekend in her sophomore and junior years. Not only that, but in 2017 and 2018, Ionescu helped the Ducks reach the Elite Eight, more firsts, and in 2019, they made their inaugural trip to the Final Four.
While there’s no way to know what would have happened for sure, a second Final Four in a row was very much in the cards for Oregon heading into March this year, and a national championship was unquestionably on the table.
Earlier this week, Sabrina Ionescu said how difficult the lost chance at a title is for her, explaining that she doesn’t think she’ll “be able to get over it for a long time.”