WNBA Draft Day is finally here and it is bittersweet for Oregon fans as they will watch Sabrina Ionescu take the next step as a professional.
For the last four seasons, Sabrina Ionescu has done it all, double-doubles, triple-doubles, led her team to a Final Four, showed on and off the court what it means to be humble, all while we were able to watch the process unfold.
Friday night she will become etched as the first Oregon player to be taken number one overall in the WNBA Draft, for many the first real ‘sports’ event in a month. It was going to be broadcast on ESPN2, but will now be on ESPN since there are no other live sports events at the moment or the near future.
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The coverage will be unique and different in that there will be no stage, no fans cheering. The celebrations will be in our homes, like usual, but the athletes will also be in their respective homes in most cases which will still leave an emptiness of sorts. Earlier in the week, the New York Liberty made a pretty big trade.
New York-traded Tina Charles and now are the owners of 5 of the top 15 WNBA Picks for the draft on Friday night. Of course, the Ducks also have Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard who will also find homes in the WNBA, the question is where? Speculation is that Hebard could find her way back to playing with Sabrina in New York before the first round is done.
One player who has not gotten much recognition after the season who deserves an opportunity is Minyon Moore. What she did this season for the Ducks on defense was incredible. She worked hard, showed a ton of tenacity and should find a place in the WNBA in my opinion.
The WNBA Draft is set to start at 4 pm Pacific Time Friday on ESPN.