Sabrina Ionescu embodies everything that goes with the term student-athlete.
On Tuesday, Ionescu became the first student-athlete from Oregon to win the Senior CLASS Award.
The complete student-athlete.— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) March 31, 2020
Sabrina Ionescu has received the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award for @ncaawbb, which focuses on excellence in the classroom, community, character and competition 👏
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An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
Being able to play the game I love with people that I love has been nothing short of amazing. It has taught me life lessons that I wouldn't have been able to learn doing anything else. Attending the University of Oregon and getting my undergraduate degree, and now working towards my Masters, has prepared me for life after basketball and has shaped me into the person that I am. — Sabrina Ionescu
Just over one year ago, Ionescu announced that she would forgo the 2019 WNBA Draft and No. 1 overall pick to return to Oregon for her senior season. She coined it as “Unfinished Business” in a letter in the Players’ Tribune to Duck Nation. One of the reasons why she decided to return to school was not just a shot at a national championship, but also a chance to earn her Masters Degree in Advertising and Brand Responsibility from the University of Oregon.
Sabrina Ionescu is an exceptional student-athlete that exemplifies all the qualities necessary for the Senior CLASS Award. She has displayed great poise and determination by balancing her record-breaking performances on the court at Oregon with her classroom studies. Her strong character and involvement within the Eugene community has enabled Sabrina to be a true champion and well-deserving of this prestigious award. We offer our congratulations to Sabrina Ionescu and the University of Oregon. — Erik Miner, Executive Director of the Senior CLASS Award
Ionescu was also named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American along with Lauren Cox (Baylor), Ellie Harmeyer (Belmont), Mikayla Pivec (Oregon State) and Brenna Wise (Indiana). Teammate and fellow senior Ruthy Hebard was named to the Second Team.
We are 17 days away from hearing Ionescu's name be called No. 1 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft.