Oregon star Satou Sabally has announced her decision to forgo her final collegiate season and will enter the WNBA draft as announced on Thursday,
The junior had the basketball world a buzz after she announced her decision on Twitter and ESPN. There has been much speculation on the decision as it would have major implications not just to Oregon, but to the 2020 WNBA Draft.
— Satou Sabally (@BallySatou) February 20, 2020
"After this season, I am going pro. I really want to just fulfill my childhood dream and play in the WNBA and play professionally in Europe," Sabally told ESPN in an interview following the announcement. "It was very hard, but it was also a decision that just came from the heart."
The WNBA Draft will be held on April 17. The New York Liberty have the No. 1 pick, the Dallas Wings have the No. 2 pick followed by the Indiana Fever and the Atlanta Dream to round out the lottery. Sabally's decision ultimately shakes up the draft board as she should be a guaranteed lottery pick. Many mock drafts have Sabally as a No. 2 or No. 3 overall.
The six-foot-four forward is currently averaging 16 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Oregon, who have four regular-season games remaining. She is a member of the German National Team and due to her turning 22 this calendar year, she is draft-eligible.
Oregon currently sits at 24-2 this season and has been considered a favorite to win it all throughout various points of the season. I anticipate the Ducks to be a No. 1 seed headed into the NCAA Tournament. Fans will have an opportunity to watch Sabally and her highly-touted teammate, Sabrina Ionescu, this coming Monday when the Ducks face Stanford at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN2.