Sabrina Ionescu is the best player in collegiate basketball. Hands down. Cut and dry. Plain and simple. Wrap it up.
The proof is in the numbers. Something no one has EVER done before in the history of the NCAA, men’s or women’s: Ionescu becomes the first player ever to reach 2,000+ career points, 1,000+ career assists and 1,000+ career rebounds.
Here is how she got to all three:
- On November 13, 2019, Sabrina Ionescu reached 2,000 career points.
- On February 14, 2020, Sabrina Ionescu reached 1,000 career assists.
- On February 24, 2020, Sabrina Ionescu reached 1,000 career rebounds.
These numbers don’t even make sense! They seem unreachable. That is unless your name is Sabrina Ionescu.
The 5-foot-11 senior guard from Walnut Creek, California has changed the game and elevated the Oregon program to national relevance. Players commit to Oregon to play with her. Players commit to Oregon to carry on her legacy.
Here are her stats from year to year:
FRESHMAN YEAR (2016-17): Averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2017-18): Averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.
JUNIOR YEAR (2018-19): Averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.
SENIOR YEAR (2019-PRESENT): Averaged 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game.
The NCAA leader in triple-doubles? Sabrina Ionescu, who recorded her 25th career triple-double at Cal on Friday. She even has a menu item named after her at the Wild Duck Cafe across from Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene: “Sabrina’s triple-doubles” which is three mini slider burgers, double stacked meat with cheddar cheese, pickles and slider sauce.
On April 6, 2019, Ionescu wrote a letter to Duck Nation stating she would return to Oregon for her senior season for some “Unfinished Business.”
She was most likely talking about a National Championship considering the Ducks had just come off the program’s first ever Final Four appearance and a loss to the Baylor Bears. But the possibility of consistently writing her name not just into Oregon record books but national record books is something else.
“She’s putting up ridiculous numbers.”
“I don’t know if there’s anything she can’t do.”
“It’s in her eyes and the competitive nature that she had, you can’t teach that.” -- Stephen Curry
These are just some of the things said about Ionescu.
And she’s not done yet. There is still some unfinished business left for Ionescu and the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.