5 things Sabrina Ionescu said in her introductory press conference
Ionescu making history again
It is officially official.
Sabrina Ionescu is headed to the Big Apple after getting selected No. 1 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft to the New York Liberty.
Following the historic pick, Ionescu jumped on a phone press conference with members of the media. Here are the five best things that she said.
What the Liberty can expect from the G.O.A.T.
Q. What part of your game are you looking to work on the most? And also, what can the Liberty expect from you?
SABRINA IONESCU: I'm looking to do everything that I possibly can to get better in every aspect, whether that's scoring, defending, rebounding, passing. I'm really just excited to be playing against professionals and learning from them and just seeing where that takes me.
Her new teammates in New York
Q. When you look at the Liberty offense, what excites you most about joining Walt Hopkins' system, and how will it feel to play with Asia Durr and Kia Nurse?
SABRINA IONESCU: They have great guards there, with their ability to shoot and spread the floor out, but also run in transition. Walt runs a great offense. The pick-and-roll is something that I'm familiar with. Being able to enter an offense where it's been really similar to what I've been playing with the last four years is exciting. I'm just excited to continue to grow my game in that aspect.
The virtual draft
Q. I just wanted to ask you what was your thought process going into today with the draft being a little bit different?
SABRINA IONESCU: Of course it was different than what I had expected, and just excited to be able to be here with my family and the people closest to me and be able to spend this time. Making the most out of what's going on in today's society. Just really happy to be able to spend this moment with them and excited to have gone through this process.
Bringing hope to New York
Q. How are you looking forward to making an impact in a city that is a haven for social justice and overall just community philanthropy?
SABRINA IONESCU: I'm going to use my platform and do everything I can. Obviously, it starts with basketball, hoping to get people to buy into the team and show up to games. But just using our platform as a women's basketball player to do more than just that. I'm excited to stand for something more than just being a basketball player in that city and using it for a bigger purpose.
Using her platform
Q. I just wanted to sort of follow up on that last question. I know at Kobe's memorial service you talked about wanting to be an inspiration for the next generation, so being female doesn't mean being born behind. How much do you think it'll help you to be in a city the size of New York and in a media capital and how important is that message going to be to your platform?
SABRINA IONESCU: It's going to be huge. The fact that I'll be able to be in Brooklyn and have a platform and a voice in kind of the mecca of the world is going to be amazing. I'm just excited for that opportunity, having done it in Eugene and kind of changed the way people viewed women in sports in Eugene. Just excited to take that with me to Brooklyn and hopefully use it for a bigger good in that bigger marketplace.