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Oregon Women's Basketball

Grades: Oregon Women's Basketball

March 30, 2020
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Although it was cut short, the Oregon women’s basketball year was spectacular. It seemed as though the Ducks were on a collision course to meet South Carolina in the college basketball championship. 

I guess we’ll just never know.

But with the season in the rear view, it’s time to take a look at the season and offer up some grades. You can see them below but most importantly give me some feedback on your thoughts.


Grades

I could’ve just given everyone an A+, and I don’t think anyone would argue with it. OK, so maybe I can’t do that, but it was hard to be critical of this team.

The Ducks were on a tear all year, routinely blowing out top-25 teams at home and on the road. It was such a fun season to watch.

I broke down each position and the coaching staff and assigned them a letter grade.

Point Guard: A+

Do I even really need to explain? No. But seriously, Sabrina was as brilliant of a basketball player as we’ve ever seen. She could do it all, and she dominated in essentially every single game.

It was so incredible to watch her career. She’ll go down as one of the greatest of all time.

Shooting Guard: B

This group was solid all year but lacked a little bit of explosiveness and consistency.

Moore is an awesome defender, and I’ll give her all the credit in the world, but she lacked a wide skill set on offense. She wasn’t a consistent three-point shooter, so teams would sag off on her to clog up the passing lanes. That said, she was starting to heat up towards the end of the year.

The backup shooting guards were really solid. Taylor Chavez was a big-time contributor, and freshman Jaz Shelley was polished beyond her years.

Small Forward: B-

This group was tough to grade, because Oregon plays a position-less style of basketball. I’ve decided to consider Sabally a power forward, so this grade is more about Erin Boley.

Boley was solid all year, and she contributed in big ways in games when she would catch fire from deep and almost never miss. She did have quiet games, but she wouldn’t hurt the team by trying to force up shots.

I love players that are willing to accept a role, and Boley did just that.

Power Forward: A

Sabally was a beast. I want to give her an A+, but it’s hard with Sabrina already getting that grade. Sabally was especially dominant during the second half of the season. She was racking up double-doubles, and teams had no answer.

After a rocky start to the season from deep, Sabally started shooting the three-ball well. And she’s so great off the dribble attacking the hoop.

It’s sad that's she turning pro a year early, because Sabally had an incredible season and would have provided veteran leadership to what will be a very young team in 2020-21.

Center: A

Again, this group should be an A+ – but I can’t quite do it.

Hebard was so underappreciated, a double-double machine who would quietly score 20 points before you even realized it. She did all of the dirty work and could finish against almost anybody.

Hebard will go down as arguably the best post Oregon has ever had.

Coaching: A+

Kelly Graves was on a mission this year, and you could see it. He was great with lineups and would make great adjustments on the fly.

You could see how this team was changing and adapting on a game-to-game basis, which sometimes is hard to notice. Graves did just about everything right, and he was willing to stand up to the referees when needed without being over the top.

Do you guys agree with the grades, or would you change some of them? Let me know.

 
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