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5 Things New York Liberty Fans Need to Know About Sabrina Ionescu

Jason Schandl
Five things New York Liberty fans need to know about likely first-overall pick Sabrina Ionescu.
Five things New York Liberty fans need to know about likely first-overall pick Sabrina Ionescu. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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The WNBA Draft is quickly approaching, going down on Friday, April 17, and the first overall pick is all but set in stone. The New York Liberty have the first overall pick and are essentially guaranteed to be taking Oregon superstar Sabrina Ionescu.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the odds of Ionescu going No. 1 overall at an insane -20000. For context, Joe Burrow going first overall in the NFL Draft is just -7000.

So with the Liberty about to acquire the WNBA's newest star, here are five things Liberty fans should know about Ionescu.

How to Pronounce Sabrina Ionescu

Let's start with the basics. Sabrina is pronounced exactly how you would think, and Ionescu is pronounced yo-NESS-coo.

Sabrina Ionescu Triple-Doubles

Ionescu had some Russell Westbrook to her game in college, and she has the record for the most triple-doubles in NCAA basketball history. Across four season, she racked up 26 triple-doubles for the Ducks, including 16 in her final two seasons. She broke the previous women's Division I record back in 2017, with just her 8th, and and this is a record that is going to stand for a long time.

Sabrina Ionescu Career Stats

Sabrina Ionescu racked up a total of 2,562 points, 1,091 assists and 1,040 rebounds in her four years at Oregon. She is on the only player in NCAA history to record over 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

Sabrina Ionescu High School

Ionescu dominated in high school as well. She led Miramonte High School to a 119-9 record in her time there, and she is the school's all-time leader in points (2,606), assists (769), steals (549) and triple-doubles (21).

Sabrina Ionescu First Overall Pick

Ionescu will be the first first-overall pick in New York Liberty history. The franchise has been in the WNBA since its inception in 1997, but has never made the top pick in the WNBA draft.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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