There were two positions the Sky needed added depth in headed into the 2020 WNBA draft: The forward and point guard positions.
And they got just that.
The Chicago Sky had to feel fortunate first-team All-American Ruthy Hebard (Oregon) was available at No. 8. In a draft class heavy with point guards, Japreece Dean (UCLA) could have easily gone in the early second round but was available at No. 30. Forward Kiah Gillespie (Florida State) was also projected as a first round pick in several mock drafts was chosen by the Sky at No. 32.
Hebard has spent her career playing alongside national sensation Sabrina Ionescu and will undoubtedly fit well with the Sky's strong backcourt led by one of the best point guards in the league, Courtney Vandersloot. The six-foot-four forward started 141 out of 144 games for the Oregon Ducks during her career. She is a proven elite level player and can compliment just about anyone. Hebard averaged 16.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals during her career and leads the Pac-12 as the all-time leader in career field goal percentage at 65-percent.
Simply put, Hebard is a bucket. Plain and simple.
— Chicago Sky (@wnbachicagosky) April 18, 2020
"We couldn't be happier to be able to add Ruthy to the group that we already have," said Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade following the selection. "She is an awfully good player who is efficient and extremely disciplined. She will bring a great energy to our already energetic and dynamic environment. We can't wait to get her together with her new teammates."
The Sky return all of their starters from their 2019 campaign and are one of the most up-and-coming teams in the league at this moment led by Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Diamond DeSheilds. Hebard adds a great compliment to a backcourt-heavy lineup who will help stretch the floor and open up other opportunites for teammates, especially out of the pick and roll game.