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BREAKING: Sabrina Ionescu will not enter the WNBA Draft

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The junior guard has decided to return to Oregon for her senior season.

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Sabrina Ionescu will decide this weekend whether to forgo her senior season at Oregon and declare for the WNBA Draft.
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Sabrina Ionescu has decided to return to Oregon for her senior season.

In an essay for The Players’ Tribune, Ionescu said she and the Ducks have “unfinished business” — namely, winning a national championship:

Something is happening here. We’re building a program — and not just any program. We’re building a program that wins national championships. Starting, I hope, with this next one.

Read Ionescu’s full essay here.


Original story:

Sabrina Ionescu’s illustrious college career has already earned her the honor of being “selected” first in a handful of WNBA mock drafts this season. Her 18 career triple-doubles dwarfs the men’s and women’s records, and talk of her future in professional basketball has amped up this season.

The winner of the Wade Trophy, Nancy Lieberman Award (twice) and multiple-time All-American is still just a junior, and as such has a year of eligibility left at Oregon. But as a junior who turns 22 this calendar year, Ionescu could declare for the draft a year early.

That’s what all the discussion this season has been leading up to: Will Ionescu forgo her final year of eligibility at Oregon to be an all-but-assured first-round (if not first overall) pick in next week’s WNBA Draft? Or will she return to Oregon to keep chasing that elusive national championship?

Ionescu is currently registered for spring quarter classes at Oregon, and will take into account a number of other factors as she makes a “very hard, tough decision for her,” said her mother.

If Ionescu decides to declare for the draft, she has until around 9 p.m. ET on Saturday to renounce her remaining NCAA eligibility.

Poll

Will Sabrina Ionescu declare for the WNBA Draft, or stay for her senior season at Oregon?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Declare for the draft
    (30 votes)
  • 81%
    Stay at Oregon
    (133 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

This story has been updated to reflect Ionescu’s draft status.