The Oregon Women’s Basketball program will have plenty of talent to replace after this season, led by possibly the greatest women’s college basketball player of all time, Sabrina Ionescu, and program cornerstone, forward Ruthy Hebard. Now add to that list, junior forward Satou Sabally.
The timing of this announcement may come as a surprise to some, given that Oregon is about to start their final road trip of the regular season in the Bay Area, which features a game against fourth-ranked Stanford, and then there will, of course, be a tournament run, which most expect to be lengthy.
However, the decision itself is not much of a surprise. Sabally has a skill set that is rare in women’s basketball. The 6’4″ forward out of Berlin, Germany has the size to be a force in the paint on both ends of the floor, as well as the length and athleticism to give opposing guards issues, and on top of that, she can put the ball on the floor on the offensive end and drive, or shoot the three.
Despite her three-point percentage being down this season at 33 percent, she is still a 38 percent three-point shooter for her career.
All of these skills make her a very coveted WNBA prospect. A prospect that if she were to go next year after Ionescu and after her four years would be up, most think she would be the number one overall pick. In fact, some think that she has a higher WNBA ceiling than even Ionescu. Either way, Oregon is about to put some star power into the WNBA with Ionescu, Hebard and now Sabally.
She will also have ample opportunity to play overseas. Playing overseas is generally a more lucrative payday for women’s basketball players than playing in the WNBA is, and Sabally said in her statement that it’s always been her dream to play professional basketball, making this decision not a surprise at all.
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