LeBron James, UNINTERRUPTED drop gear for Oregon's Sabally before WNBA Draft

However, following the major celebratory moment, Ionescu showed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant some love on Instagram.

Ionescu was chosen as the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Liberty.

So when the Liberty selected Sabrina Ionescu out of OR with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft - which was done virtually - it was also a big deal for all of those who call Barclays Center home.

When she'll play for the New York Liberty is unclear. She'll be playing for the Atlanta Dream.

After Friday night's WNBA Draft, former Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu officially knew where she was going to be continuing her basketball career.

"The marketability that is there in NY, and kind of the hustle and bustle, is something that I think could be not only beneficial to myself as a person, but as a brand, and for women's basketball", Ionescu told reporters during a conference call.


Ducks teammate Satou Sabally, one of three juniors to forgo their a year ago of college eligibility and enter the draft, went second to Dallas.

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. Speaking from her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, she said it was great to be able to be drafted with two teammates.

Chicago chose Ruthy Hebard with the eighth pick - marking the fifth consecutive season and ninth overall that three college teammates were taken in the opening round.

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.

Training camp was supposed to start subsequent weekend with the common season opener initially scheduled for May 15.

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