Another day another national player of the year accolade for the G.O.A.T.
Two days after being named a First-Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association, they have chosen Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu as their National Player of the Year, officially titled the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.
The senior is the first Duck to ever win the award.
Sabrina Ionescu is one of the most well-rounded players on both ends of the floor. Her leadership on and off the court stands out, and her ability to make everyone around her better sets her apart. She has grown and developed her game every year, and I am disappointed that she was not able to finish out her senior year and give her Oregon Ducks a chance to win a national title. I am very proud to have Sabrina receive the 2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA Player of the Year Award. -- Ann Meyers Drysdale, in the USBWA release.
Other finalists for the award were Lauren Cox (Baylor), Rhyne Howard (Kentucky) and Megan Walker (UCONN) and Ionescu's teammate Ruthy Hebard.
The G.O.A.T. has been collecting awards nonstop since the abrupt ending of the NCAA basketball season due to the coronavirus including being named the unanimous Associated Press women's national Player of the Year, First Team All-America, Pac-12 Player of the Year, and more.
Ionescu ended her college career the all-time leader in triple-doubles (26) and the only player ever to record 2,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds, and 1,000 career assists. She led the nation with a career-high 9.1 assists per game while averaging 17.5 points and a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game.
Next up for Ionescu? The WNBA Draft where she's the heavy favorite to be on her way to the Big Apple after the New York Liberty selects her with the first-overall pick in the WNBA draft lottery.
As of now, the draft is still scheduled for April 17. But with the NBA shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s uncertain whether the draft will still take place or at what capacity.