Sabrina Ionescu has always dreamed of playing in the Olympics.
Since she was a young girl, Ionescu says she’s loved seeing which players land on the Olympic team rosters and watched with a curious eye as games unfolded.
Now, the WNBA's No. 1 overall pick might actually have a chance at competing in the Tokyo Games in 2021.
“I hope so,” Ionescu told Ernie Johnson on the NBA’s Twitter Live on Wednesday. “I’m doing everything I can to be ready for that and get ready for that. Obviously, it’s not really up to me at this point as long as I’m performing and doing everything that I can.”
The former Oregon star missed key U.S. Women’s National Team activities last fall and winter, as they occurred during her time with the Ducks. However, she competed in the 3x3 in 2018, clinching gold in her second tournament alongside Oregon teammates Erin Boley, Oti Gildon and Ruthy Hebard.
At the 2019 Pan American Games, Ionescu told the Olympic Channel she preferred the 3x3 to the 5x5 if she had to choose.
Now that Ionescu has an extra year until the Olympics and a year competing against the WNBA’s top talent, she could be available for more national team activities this upcoming fall and winter.
Ionescu could contend for a roster spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021, either on the full national team or the 3x3 version. 3x3 basketball will make its debut in 2021.
It would be an honor to represent my country in the Olympics. Obviously with a year, now being pushed back now, I’ll just be able to prepare myself at an even higher level playing against the top players in the country.” - Sabrina Ionescu
Ionescu has already played on a number of U.S. national teams since she was a teenager. She was part of the 2017 U23 team that won an inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament Title. In 2014, Ionescu was also on a U17 World Cup Team that went undefeated and took home the gold in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
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