Ionescu wins John R. Wooden Award

The Oregon All-American won her third of three national awards recognizing the top player in the country.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 7:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. — What little doubt there was that Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu wouldn't win the John R. Wooden award vanished Monday as she was announced as the recipient for the second year in a row.

With the win, Ionescu completed a clean sweep of the three major awards recognizing the top player in the nation. She was named the winner of the Naismith and Wade Awards earlier this year. In addition to those prestigious awards, Ionescu was named the national player of the year by both The Associated Press and espnW.

But it's not the awards and accolades she collected over her four-year career at Oregon that she'll remember the most. It's what her team did.

"We had some great wins," Ionescu said on ESPN. "We were able to beat Team USA and beat a lot of top-ranked teams. So just being able to share those moments with my teammates is something I'll never forget and always cherish."

Ionescu led the nation in assists per game in her senior year, averaging 9.2 a game, more than two assists per game more than any other major conference player.

She shattered records throughout her career in Eugene, including becoming the first player, man or woman, in NCAA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds.

On top of that, she holds the record for most career triple-doubles in a career... by 14 (Ionescu has 26 career triple-doubles).

Ionescu is all but guaranteed to be the number one overall pick in the WNBA draft. The New York Liberty currently hold that pick in the draft.

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