Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu was the No. 1 overall 2020 WNBA Draft pick by New York Liberty. Ionescu was also signed by Nike in an endorsement deal. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year's draft was held virtually.
During an interview from her home in California, Sabrina Ionescu talked about her excitement about being the No. 1 overall Draft Pick. Ionescu revealed that while it feels different from what she had been expecting, she is extremely happy to be home with her family to be able to celebrate. She wanted to make most of it considering everything that is going on in today's society. Ionescu added that she has worked her entire career to reach this point and is 'super excited' to see it come true.
You built a program. You broke records. You won awards.— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) April 18, 2020
You still have unfinished business.
You’re ready to move the game forward,
and now your name has been called.
So, what’s next?
You’ll show us. #justdoit @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/INHqGI7hkf
Ionescu also spoke about Satou Sabally, her teammate in Oregon who went as the second pick to Dallas Wings. Sabally was the country's No.1 small forward this year and is also a member of the national German team. Ionescu added that it was a great feeling going 1-2 with Sabally as all their hard work has finally 'paid off'. She said she is proud of Sabally and cannot wait to play against her as a pro.
As a senior, Sabrina Ionescu averaged at 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior. She won the Nancy Lieberman Award three times as the country's top point guard and holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles. Ionescu is also the only player in the NCAA to score 2000 points, 1000 rebounds and 1000 assists. Ionescu was also close to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash in January. Ionescu was one of the people to speak at their memorial at Staples Center in February.