If last year’s accolades weren’t enough for Sabrina Ionescu, she has much more to look forward — as well as live up — too.
Announced on Thursday morning, the Oregon junior is the headliner for the preseason all-American team. She received a high of 29 votes (out of 31 possible), following up her all-American status last season.
"She's a great competitor who brings it each and every day," Oregon head coach Kelly Graves told ESPN. "She's very consistent in her effort, has a high basketball IQ and obviously her skills speak for themselves. She can pass it, she can shoot it, she can handle it. There's nothing she really can't do on a basketball court. She'll give us whatever the team needs in that specific game... she's a special player that doesn't come along very often."
Joining Ionescu is Louisville senior Asia Durr (29 votes), UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson (28 votes), Notre Dame senior Arike Ogunbowale (24 votes) and Baylor senior Kalani Brown (18 votes).
Each player is a member of a top-five team, based on the preseason AP Poll rankings. Ionescu, Durr and Samuelson are repeats from last year’s all-American squad while Ogunbowale and Brown were named to the second-team.
Each player brings something special to the court.
Ionescu is already the NCAA career-leader in triple-doubles with 10 — Durr is the quickest and most electric guard in the nation — Samuelson is already a two-time all-American — Ogunbowale is the hero of last year’s Final Four, hitting game-winning shots in the Final Four and National Championship to give the Fighting Irish the championship — Brown is arguably the player with the most potential for the WNBA.