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Satou Sabally unanimously selected to WNBA All-Rookie Team

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Satou Saballyโ€™s inaugural WNBA debut season was one for the record books and apparently caught the eye of all 12 head coaches in the league.ย 

After getting selected No. 2 overall to the Dallas Wings in the 2020 WNBA Draft, Saballyโ€™s rookie campaign resulted in a unanimous selection to the WNBA All-Rookie Team. She joins Julie Allemand (Indiana Fever); Chennedy Carter (Atlanta Dream); Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota Lynx); and Jazmine Jones (New York Liberty).

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Sabally was apart of history on draft night along with former teammates Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard when the three were selected in the first eight picks of the 2020 WNBA Draft (Ionescu, No. 1 to the New York Liberty and Hebard No. 8 to the Chicago Sky).ย 

Here are her 2020 season stats in 16 games played:

ASSISTS PER GAME
13.9
REBOUNDS PER GAME
7.8

She was the second-leading scorer on the team behind Arike Ogunbowale.

At Oregon, Sabally was a matchup nightmare for any opponent for her versatility and size. How do you guard a 6-foot-4 wing that can take you off the dribble with a lightning quick reaction time and has the inside game too?

That same game has only elevated in the WNBA. Despite the Wings missing out on the playoffs this season, the future is bright in Dallas as the team will continue to build around Sabally and Ogunbowale.

Duck fans remember all too well, but in case this was your first season watching Sabally play, a friendly reminder how much improvement she made from year one to year two at Oregon. Ducks head coach Kelly Graves noted the jump following her freshman year at Oregon, which ended as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Sheย averaged six more points and doubled her number of rebounds per game in her sophomore year. The game slowed down for Sabally as Graves stated.

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Looking forward to seeing her game develop from year one to year two in the WNBA.