The future is so bright for Oregon women’s basketball, you might need to wear shades.
Okay that was a lame, overused pun.
Fresh off a Final Four run, the Oregon women’s basketball program has elevated it’s standard, discarded its “newbie” title among the nation’s elite and landed the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect and the No. 1 guard in the class of 2020, according to ESPNW.
Indiana-native Sydney Parrish committed to Oregon over Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA. The 6-foot-2 athlete is the first five-star prospect to commit to Oregon since Satou Sabally in the class of 2017 and the highest rated recruit to commit to Oregon since Sabrina Ionescu (No. 4 overall in 2016).
The Ducks are looking more like a perennial national contender by the minute. Expected to be the top-rated preseason team in 2019-20, Oregon returns most of its team including rising stars Sabally, Erin Boley, Nyara Sabally and a very-determined Sabrina Ionescu, who opted to stay at Oregon with one more accolade in mind; a national championship.
However, the Wooden Award winning Ionescu has only one year of eligibility left. As irreplaceable as the triple-double queen is, Parrish has all the tools to pick up and lead the Ducks when Ionescu turns pro.
"We're building something here in Eugene," Ionescu said in her Players Tribune letter. "We're building something — together — that's going to last for a long time after we've all graduated."
As a junior, Parrish averaged 21 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, leading Hamilton Southeastern School (Indiana) to its first-ever state championship and earning the Gatorade State Player of the Year award.
The elite guard is Oregon’s first verbal commitment for the 2020 class and Parrish plans on being an active recruiter for the Ducks.
She’s a skilled and versatile sharpshooter that clicked with coach Kelly Graves immediately.
“It didn’t feel like any other visit,” Parrish said to Prospects Nation. “I didn’t feel like the coaches were trying to sell me on anything.”
Parrish and her family were taking spring break in Florida when the Ducks made the Final Four in Tampa Bay earlier this month. Her parents surprised her with tickets and Parrish was able to watch her future team.
Hey duck nation.... scoducks💚🦆💛 pic.twitter.com/tiTjmxwiLN— sydddd (@sydney_parrish) April 15, 2019