WNBA Draft results: See all 36 picks

Paola Ditto
Mag 24, 2020

Triple-double maestro Sabrina Ionescu acquired a ton of attention on Friday after being selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA draft.

Then the surprises started to roll in during the first round of the WNBA Draft on Friday night.

Ionescu, who was selected on March 17 by the New York Liberty, was named Naismith Player of the Year and AP Player of the Year during her last year at the University of Oregon.

"Excited to take the next step and join the Nike family!" Ionescu was one among three first spherical picks for NY, which additionally had Nos. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding up the jersey of the player being chosen.

Over four years, Ionescu became the first Division I college player (women or men) to log 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

"I have a great relationship with Steph and so that part's kind of hard", Ionescu said this week. She was also a 37.8% 3-point shooter over her three-year college career. "We really had the best support system around us". Speaking from her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, she said it was great to be able to be drafted with two teammates.

Ruthy Hebard was drafted as the eighth overall pick by the Chicago Sky.

Sabrina Ionescu has always been the presumed No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, but the NCAA all-time leader in triple-doubles has known she'd be a WNBA player for much, much longer.

Training camp was supposed to begin next weekend with the regular-season opener originally scheduled for May 15.

Coaches and general managers were spread throughout the country and world, so they set up virtual war rooms instead of gathering in their own team facilities.

The league additionally honored Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester earlier than the beginning of the draft.

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