Bay Area native Sabrina Ionescu selected No. 1 pick in WNBA draft


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 08: Sabrina Ionescu #20 of the Oregon Ducks is introduced before the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball tournament against the Stanford Cardinal at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on March 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks defeated the Cardinal 89-56. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Oregon star and Bay Area native Sabrina Ionescu was selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft by the New York Liberty.

The Ducks guard, who was the consensus player of the year, was projected as the Liberty’s choice since the team won the draft lottery.

Many NBA players congratulated Ionescu, including former Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant.

Her teammate Satou Sabally, one of three juniors to forego their last year of college eligibility and enter the draft, is expected to go No. 2 to Dallas.

It would be the third time in the history of the draft that the top two picks came from the same program.

Ionescu grew up in the East Bay and attended Miramonte High School in Orinda.

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