WNBA draft: Sabrina Ionescu goes No. 1 to New York Liberty

WNBA draft: Sabrina Ionescu goes No. 1 to New York Liberty”

The 2020 WNBA Draft was held virtually on Friday night, and as expected, two former Oregon Ducks were the first players off the board.

However, following the major celebratory moment, Ionescu showed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant some love on Instagram. But it was at the University of OR where she transcended her sport, drawing national attention to women's basketball.

Being based in major media market NY, after being drafted by the Liberty, should also help Ionescu further expand her brand. She reached double digits in those categories in 26 different games during her college career - that's more than twice as many as any woman or man before her.

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One month has passed without live professional or college sports in the U.S due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter, taken fourth overall by the Atlanta Dream, asked "Can you hear me?" early in her interview as she talked using the speakerphone function on her cell phone. Aside from being named the Naismith Player of the Year, the AP Player of the Year and the USBWA Player of the Year for 2020, Ionescu is the only player in NCAA history with career totals of at leas 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds. So Ionescu is here in the Bay for the event. "I'm just happy that I'm able to be here with my family, and they're still making it as special as they can".

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