Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu projected to be WNBA’s top overall pick

Sabrina Ionescu may leave Oregon with “unfinished business” but the former Miramonte High star is a month away from starting a new chapter in her basketball career as the presumed top overall pick in the WNBA Draft.

Unless, of course, circumstances get in the way again for the three-time All-American point guard.

The record-breaking Ionescu is projected to be selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 1 pick. If her name is called first, she’d join former Stanford sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike as the only top overall WNBA picks from the Bay Area in the league’s 24-year history.

Ionescu’s credentials certainly are stellar. The three-time Pac-12 Player of the Year finished her four-year Ducks career with 2,562 points, 1,040 rebounds and 1,091 assists — and as the NCAA’s exclusive member of the women’s 2,000-1,000-1,000 club.

The WNBA is expected to hold its draft at Nike’s headquarters in New York City on April 17, a week before the NFL’s draft in Las Vegas. Both selection shows will be closed to the public in accordance with federal guidelines against gatherings of more than 50 people over the next eight weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert issued a statement last week saying she’d have an update later this month on the status of the league. While the league’s scheduled start of May 15 will undoubtedly be pushed back, league insiders feel the draft may not be affected.

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