Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

The biggest question heading into the 2020-2021 season for Oregon women’s basketball is how to replace the Big 3 of Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally?

From the minute these three entered the Matthew Knight Arena building, the Ducks program shifted onto a new path and established Oregon as a national powerhouse. A changed program forever. 

So how do you replace the talent and caliber of these three? Well, you may never, but signing the No. 1 recruiting class including five five-star caliber players might help, and that’s exactly what Oregon head coach Kelly Graves did.

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On Wednesday, ESPN came out with their way too early preseason poll for next year.

Surprising or not, Oregon was ranked outside of the top-10 at No. 11 in the poll:

1. South Carolina

2. Stanford

3. Mississippi State

4. UConn

5. Baylor

6. Louisville

7. Arizona

8. NC State

9. UCLA

10. Maryland

11. Oregon

Other Pac-12 schools to note: No. 13 Oregon State.

Does that seem too low? Too high? Just about right? The hole Oregon’s Big 3 leaves behind is definitely deep, but will it be one that the Ducks’ returners, lead by Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year Taylor Chavez, sharp-shooters Jaz Shelley and Erin Boley, along with a solid bench and talented recruiting class can climb out of?

 

It is definitely a possibility with Graves, as talented as head coach as they come, and a solid core group he gets to work with. Graves took over as head coach back in April 2014. He has experience coaching without Ionescu, Hebard and Sabally on the floor. 

Only time will tell for the 2020-21 Ducks.