Sabrina Ionescu returning Oregon, Ionescu would be the No. 1 overall pick


Sabrina Ionescu returning Oregon, Ionescu would be the No. 1 overall pick.

Sabrina Ionescu will lead the Oregon Ducks for one more year.

The All-American guard announced she’ll return for her senior season rather than enter the WNBA Draft.

“Yes, this has been an incredible journey,” Ionescu wrote in a letter to the Players Tribune. “But no, this is NOT as good as it gets. Because those people saying we’ve peaked — they don’t know this program and they don’t know me. And they don’t know the mission we’re on, together, as a group. The mission that we’ve been on.

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“I came to the University of Oregon as a freshman in 2016-2017. We made the Elite Eight (and lost big). I came back to the University of Oregon as a sophomore in 2017-2018. We made the Elite Eight (and lost close). I came back to the University of Oregon as a junior in 2018-2019. We made the Final Four. And now I couldn’t be happier to announce that I’m coming back to the University of Oregon for the 2019-2020 basketball season.

“I won’t predict exactly how far we’re going to go….. but I’ll just say this. We have unfinished business.”

The NCAA record holder in career triple-doubles (18), Ionescu averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 assists and 7.4 rebounds this season.

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Ionescu is Oregon’s single-season record holder for points (755) and assists (311) and single-game record holder for assists (17) and is the program’s all-time leader in career assists (792), third in career three-pointers (269) and fourth in career points (1,984).

She repeated as the winner of the Nancy Lieberman award as point guard of the year, won the WBCA’s Wade Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding player and was named an All-American by the AP, USBWA and WBCA.

Her return ensures Oregon will have four of five starters back in 2019-20 and puts the Ducks in position to open next season as the No. 1 team in the country after falling to Baylor in the women’s Final Four on Friday.

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“Ducks Nation — I’ll see you next year. Let’s see some packed houses,” Ionescu wrote in the letter, which references Kobe Bryant’s recent breakdown of her play for ESPN+. “Kobe — I’ll see you next year, too. Hope you keep watching. And WNBA — I’ll see you soon. Real soon, I promise.

“Just have some business to take care of first.”


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