The John R. Wooden Award is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate basketball player.
No surprise here, three Oregon Ducks found their names on the list: the reigning 2019 Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally.
Ionescu enters her senior season with 1,984 career points, 792 assists and 756 rebounds, giving her the chance to become the first player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.
Hebard, the 6-foor-4 senior forward, led the nation at one point last season in field goal percentage. She eats it up on the offensive end while providing rim protection on the other. Hebard averaged 16.1 points and 9.1 rebounds while earning All-Pac-12 honors for the third straight season last year.
Sabally, the 6-foot-4 junior, will have the option to declare for the 2020 WNBA draft after this season and is projected as a top-5 selection of the draft. Sabally averaged 16.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting to with 6.2 rebounds per game during her sophomore season.
Only one other school has three players (like Oregon) to make the watch list: Baylor. The reigning 2019 National Champions and preseason No. 2 ranked Bears knocked off the Ducks last year in the Final Four.
Two other Pac-12 schools have two players on the list: No. 3 Stanford (DiJonai Carrington, Kiana Williams) and No. 7 Oregon State (Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum).
Why does this matter? Eight of the 30 players listed can be found in the Pac-12 conference. Five of those eight can be found in the state of Oregon. The Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State has been and will continue to be just that… a war.
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