Sabrina Ionescu is simply the best.
Hours after being named the Nancy Lieberman Award winner for the nation’s top point guard, Ionescu has been awarded the prestigious Wooden Trophy, recognizing the nation’s Most Outstanding Player, in back-to-back seasons.
It is the Cadillac of postseason awards; The Heisman Trophy of collegiate football; The MVP of the NBA.
This is a huge honor and one fit for a queen.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient.
Ionescu beat out Lauren Cox (Baylor), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina), Rhyne Howard (Kentucky) and her teammate and best friend Ruthy Hebard.
Here is a list of the postseason awards following her senior season:
- Wooden Trophy Winner - Most Outstanding Player (2x)
- Nancy Lieberman Winner - National Point Guard of the Year (3x)
- Wade Trophy Winner - National Player of the Year (2x)
- Naismith Trophy Winner - National Player of the Year
- Associated Press National Player of the Year (unanimous)
- USBWA National Player of the Year
- ESPN.com National Player of the Year
- Senior CLASS Award Winner
- Associated Press First-Team All-America
- WBCA First-Team All-America
- Wooden Award All-America
- USBWA First-Team All-America
- AAU James E. Sullivan Award Finalist - Nation's Top Amateur Athlete
- Pac-12 Player of the Year (unanimous)
- Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
She is the NCAA leader in career triple-doubles (26), averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists and is the first player (male or female) in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.
Forget video game numbers, Ionescu would have broken the console with those stats.
It was a glorious four-year run in Eugene. One that will be remembered forever, whether you’re ordering the famous “triple-double” at the Wild Duck Cafe in Eugene, or perhaps one day seeing her #20 jersey hanging in the rafters of Matthew Knight Arena.
Ionescu is and has been since last season the overall No. 1 draft pick in the upcoming 2020 WNBA Draft.