Sabrina Ionescu signs Nike shoe deal; spurns Steph Curry, Under Armour

Ross Houston
May 24, 2020

However, following the major celebratory moment, Ionescu showed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant some love on Instagram.

Sabally's OR teammate Sabrina Ionescu is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in tomorrow's draft to the New York Liberty, but the latest mock draft from ESPN, and mock drafts for the past few months, have been mostly considering Sabally in the No. 2 spot to the Dallas Wings.

Sabrina Ionescu, the number one pick in the 2020 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft, has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with U.S. sportswear giant Nike. Ionescu was named the Naismith Player of the Year in 2020.

Then the surprises started to roll in during the first round of the WNBA Draft on Friday night.

Ionescu is the Liberty's first No. 1 pick in franchise history and they hope the rookie will help lead them to their first WNBA championship. The guard played four seasons and recorded more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists - the most ever for a D-1 college basketball player. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding up the jersey of the player being chosen.

"I have a great relationship with Steph and so that part's kind of hard", Ionescu said this week. If her 30 points and seven assists in Oregon's win over Team USA - and numerous WNBA's biggest stars. "Really proud of her and what we were able to do as teammates and excited to see her future in the pros".

Chicago chose Ruthy Hebard with the eighth pick - marking the fifth consecutive season and ninth overall that three college teammates were taken in the opening round.

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