Life in the ‘wubble’ hasn’t been so bad for the WNBA’s No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu.
Sure, it’s not the ideal professional debut for this basketball prodigy who took the sports world by storm during her highly successful and historic four-year run at the University of Oregon. But the triple-double queen will soon be unleashed when the WNBA resumes in nine days.
One thing that hasn’t changed from life in the ‘wubble’ is her special friendship with former Oregon teammate Ruthy Hebard.
Bubble life hasn’t been too bad. It helps that Ruthy (Hebard) is in the hotel with me, so I see her around the pool or we have dinner together. We also practice at the same time so we put our waters so we can see each other. — Sabrina Ionescu
For Oregon fans, this just melts your heart.
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The two were peas in a pod at Oregon. There was no Sabrina without Ruthy just as there was no Ruthy without Sabrina. They were the perfect compliment for one another. They were even one pick away from likely getting selected to the same WNBA team, which would have been the cherry on top. But Hebard was selected No. 8 overall by the Chicago Sky, one slot sooner than the New York Liberty’s second pick of the draft.
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The other piece to the puzzle of success was Satou Sabally, who left Oregon following her junior season and was selected No. 2 overall by the Dallas Wings in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
I saw Satou (Sabally) for the first time the other day at the gym. She ran on the court and gave me a hug and then ran back out. It’s great that so many of my former teammates are playing in the pros. — Sabrina Ionescu
The days of the Sabrina, Ruthy and Satou effect are in the books and it will be odd to see these three all in different uniforms this WNBA season. But these top-10 draft picks will have instant impacts for their squads.
Ionescu: New York Liberty vs. Seattle Storm on July 25 at 9 AM (PT)
Hebard: Chicago Sky vs. Las Vegas Aces on July 26 at 12 PM (PT)
Sabally: Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream on July 26 at 2 PM (PT)
Also to watch:
(Ionescu vs. Sabally): New York Liberty vs. Dallas wings on July 29th at 5 PM (PT)
(Sabally vs. Hebard): Dallas Wings vs. Chicago Sky on August 4 at 3 PM (PT)
(Hebard vs. Ionescu): Chicago Sky vs. New York Liberty on August 20 at 4 PM (PT)
Read Ionescu’s full diary entry from the AP here.