It happened Ducks fans. A mere 24 hours after a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA women’s Final Four, there was one antagonizing question that lingered, caused anxiety, made you question your own plans for next year, and the wait is over:
Sabrina Ionescu will forgo the WNBA Draft and return to the Oregon Ducks for her senior season.
Unfinished Business. https://t.co/hM5K2oJXFD— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) April 7, 2019
Read her full letter via The Players Tribune HERE.
"We have unfinished business.And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. My teammates and I, our coaches, our fans, this program — we’re not going on a “run,” you know what I mean?? We’re not doing one of those things where, like, a team appears out of the blue, on the backs of a few good players, and then makes some noise for a season or two before heading back underground. Nah. This isn’t that." - Sabrina Ionescu.
18 career triple-doubles, back-to-back Pac-12 Player of the Year, Wade Trophy winner, Naismith Award finalist, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner, a lot more and still more to come with another season in a Ducks uniform.
In coach Kelly Graves’ words, “We have a lot coming back... we’re going to be loaded next season.” The Ducks lose just two seniors at the conclusion of this season: starting point guard Maite Cazorla and forward Oti Gildon (off the bench). Both were major contributors in their four years with the program. But both are big losses to the program too. With Sabrina now coming back, the Ducks will remain “loaded”. Not that they weren’t going to be if Sabrina did decide to declare for the WNBA Draft, but she’s Sabrina Ionescu and she’s really good at basketball.
She rejoins her partner in crime Ruthy Hebard, Satou Sabally, Erin “Buckets” Boley, Taylor Chavez, Lydia Giomi, and Morgan Yaeger as well as Sabally’s younger sister Nyara (out this season with an injury).
Stacked doesn’t even begin to describe the 2020 Ducks. Grab your season tickets when you can.
"Yes this has been an incredible journey. But no, this is NOT as good as it gets." - Sabrina Ionescu.