Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu was the No. 1 choice at the WNBA draft, as expected.
When she’ll play to the New York Liberty is unclear.
With sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, this is a draft Friday night like no other with players in their own homes rather than a central location, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding the jersey of the player being chosen.
“Of course it was different than what I had expected, and simply excited to be able to be here with my loved ones and the people closest to me and be able to devote this moment,” Ionescu said from her home in California. “Making the most out of what is going on in today’s society. Just really pleased to have the ability to spend this moment together and excited to have gone through this procedure.”
Ionescu place the NCAA record for triple-doubles and has been the first college player to get over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career. Ionescu was among three first round picks for New York, that also had Nos. 9 and 12.
“I have been working for this for my entire basketball career and super excited to see that come to fruition,” Ionescu said. “I’m very humbled and excited for the opportunity.”