On April 6, 2018, Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu announced to the world that she would forgo the 2019 WNBA Draft and return to the University of Oregon for her senior season. In a letter she wrote to Ducks Nation in The Players’ Tribune, Ionescu said “And WNBA — I’ll see you soon. Real soon, I promise. Just have some business to take care of first.”
That “soon” gave us an exact date yesterday. On Tuesday, the WNBA held its lottery for the 2020 Draft and with that, the draft order and first mock draft.
As the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, Ionescu just may be headed for the Big Apple come next April with the New York Liberty getting that first pick.
LET’S GOOOOO!!!!!🗽 pic.twitter.com/rInD9Ov3ah— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) September 17, 2019
We still have some Unfinished Business‼️👀 https://t.co/dsDWEhj4Jg— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) September 18, 2019
Ionescu 2018-2019 stats: 19.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 8.2 APG.
Along with Ionescu, two other Ducks were projected as Top-10 picks in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
Satou Sabally is projected to be selected No. 3 overall to the Indiana Fever. But the 6-foot-4 junior forward will have the choice to forgo the draft and return for her senior season, just like Ionescu. She just may want to play one season of college hoops with her younger sister Nyara Sabally, who will have to miss this upcoming season with an ACL injury.
Sabally 2018-19 stats: 16.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG
The third Duck projected to be selected is Ruthy Hebard, No. 7 overall to the Seattle Storm. The 6-foot-4 senior forward was second in the country last season in field goal percentage (67%) and is just a monster down low on both ends of the court. When she gets the ball down low, she rarely misses. An excellent screener and rebounder, Hebard just may stay in the PNW come April.
Hebard 2018-19 stats: 16.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG