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Oregon Women's Basketball

Satou Sabally Headed to WNBA Draft

February 20, 2020

Via Oregon Communications

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon women’s basketball standout Satou Sabally has announced she will forego her senior season and pursue her “childhood dream to play professional basketball” following the conclusion of the current 2019-20 campaign.


Sabally made the announcement on her social media accounts on Thursday morning, and detailed her decision in a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe.


“It fills my heart with joy to say I have had the best three years of my life at the University of Oregon,” Sabally wrote in her announcement. “Our program is special. I look forward to always supporting it, and I will continue to give everything I can this season to help our team accomplish our goals.”


Sabally will join seniors Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Minyon Moore as current Oregon starters expected to be selected in the upcoming 2020 WNBA Draft, and she will take part in UO’s Senior Day ceremonies on March 1 at Matthew Knight Arena following the regular-season finale against Washington.


Earlier this month, Sabally was one of three Ducks in the top five of espnW’s midseason rankings of the nation’s top-25 players at No. 4, along with Ionescu (No. 1) and Hebard (No. 5). 


An all-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore and the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2017-18, Sabally currently owns 1,390 points, 546 rebounds, 199 assists, 115 steals and 70 blocks in 98 career games in a Duck uniform. The Berlin, Germany, native is averaging 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game so far as a junior with a career-high seven double-doubles, including six during Oregon’s current 12-game win streak.


Sabally will graduate from Oregon this summer and earn her degree in general social sciences with a focus in crime law and society and a minor in legal studies. “As a first-generation college student,” Sabally wrote, “the education I have received is the most important thing to me.”


Sabally and the No. 3 Ducks (24-2, 13-1) have four games remaining in the 2019-20 regular season before postseason play begins, and they head to the Bay Area this weekend with an opportunity to clinch at least a share of a third straight Pac-12 title. Oregon will face California – a team Sabally has scored 31 points against in each of the last two meetings – on Friday night in Berkeley before playing No. 4 Stanford in a crucial matchup on Monday night on ESPN2.

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