Sabrina Ionescu

Sabrina Ionescu is an American professional women’s basketball player who currently plays for the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association(WNBA). She has a record for being the only NCAA Division I player for scoring 2000 points, 1000 assists, and 1000 rebounds in a career. She is also the NCAA all-time leader in career triple-doubles.

Sabrina won a gold medal with the U.S. Women’s National 3×3 hoops team at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru even received the 2019 John R. Wooden Award and both the 2018 and 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award. Before, she was a 4-year varsity basketball letter winner at Miramonte High School.

Besides, she is quite active in social media sites with over 588k followers on her Instagram: @sabrina_i and with over 112.3k followers on her Twitter: @sabrina_i20. 

What is Sabrina Ionescu famous for?

  • Famous as an American professional women’s basketball player.
  • Known as the first overall pick of the New York Liberty.

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When was Sabrina Ionescu born?

Sabrina Ionescu was born on December 6, 1997, in Walnut Creek, California, United States. Her birth name is Sabrina Elaine Ionescu. American-Romanian is her nationality. Her ethnicity is White while her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Sabrina was born to Romanian-American parents to Dan Ionescu(father) and Liliana Blaj(mother). Her father, Dan, fled Communist Romania around the time of the 1989 revolution, seeking political asylum in the United States while her mother, Liliana, and their oldest son, Anderi couldn’t join him until 1995.

By that time, Dan owned a limousine service in Northern California and settled there. Sabrina has 2 siblings: a twin brother, Edward, who was born 18 minutes after her, and an older brother, Andrei. 

Sabrina was around three years old when she first picked up a basketball. Her twin, Edward also played basketball at the City College of San Francisco and was solely a student in the 2018–19 school year, before walking on to the Ducks men’s basketball team in 2019–20.

When she was in middle school, she wasn’t allowed to play basketball as they did not have enough players to field a girls’ team, and her school refused to allow her to play on the boys’ team. 

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Sabrina Ionescu’s Early Career

  • Ionescu attended Miramonte High School in Orinda, California where she was a four-year varsity basketball letter winner under head coach Kelly Sopak.
  • She averaged 13.8 points, 3.9 assists and 3.9 steals per game helping her team to a 27–3 record as a freshman, and as a sophomore, she helped her team to a 30–2 record.
  • During her junior year, Ionescu averaged 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.7 steals per game, and helped Miramonte High School to a 30–2 record.
  • In her senior year, she led Miramonte to the CIF open division title game. She also made a first-half buzzer-beating shot from half court receiving several national honors including the USA Today Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Max Preps Player of the Year, and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
  • Ionescu was named a McDonald’s All-America, Jordan Brand All-American selection, and McDonald’s All-America game MVP. 

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College Career

  • Ionescu was the No. 1 ranked point guard and No. 4 overall player in the recruiting class of 2016 after which she joined the University of Oregon.
  • She was named the 2017 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year as a freshman, which was the first Oregon Duck since 1999 making Ionescu the second Duck to earn the honor all-time.
  • She was named Pac-12 Freshman of Week four times and was named USBWA National Player of the Week. Additionally, she was awarded the USBWA National Freshman of the Year as the top freshman in the nation.
  • On February 26, 2018, Ionescu was named espnW’s college basketball player of the week. She even led the Ducks to their third regular-season league crown all-time and first-ever No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament winning the Pac-12 championship for the first time since 2000.
  • Following her second season, she was named the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and was also named a first-team All-American by ESPN. She then became NCAA women’s all-time leader in triple-doubles.
  • On December 20, 2018, Ionescu recorded her 13th triple-double in a game against Air Force and broke the NCAA triple-double record for both men and women basketball making her ESPNW Player of the Week. At the end of 2018-19 season, Ionescu was named the 2019 John R. Wooden Award winner along with Duke’s Zion Williamson.
  • On February 14, 2020, Ionescu recorded her 1,000th career assist in a game against #7 UCLA and became the first NCAA player ever with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career on Feb 24.
  • She also had been a featured speaker at the memorial service for legend Kobe Bryant, who had become a close personal friend within the previous two years. On April 14, 2020, Ionescu was named the winner of the Honda Sports Award as the best collegiate female basketball player in the nation. 

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Sabrina Ionescu’s Professional Carrer Highlights

  • Sabrina Ionescu was eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA draft in December 2019, after she turned 22. Following on April 17, 2020, the New York Liberty selected Ionescu with the first overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. She made her first professional game debut on July 25, 2020, with the Liberty.
  • 4 days later, on July 25, she played her second game against the Dallas Wings, where she recorded 33 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
  • In the match held on Friday, July 31, 2020, against Atlanta Dream, Ionescu had to leave the game during the second quarter after she suffered from an ankle sprain on her left foot.
  • In late April 2018, Ionescu entered the USA Basketball women’s national 3×3 championship tournament at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, alongside Oregon teammates Erin Boley, Otiona Gildon, and Ruthy Hebard. They were also named as the US team for the 2018 3×3 World Cup to be held in June in the Philippines. 

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Is Sabrina Ionescu Dating?

Sabrina Ionescu isn’t dating anyone at the moment. Ionescu is an aspiring basketball player who has inspired a lot of girls to play basketball and isn’t much interested in her dating life than her successful professional life. 

Besides, Ionescu was close with legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who passed away in a plane crash on January 26, 2020. 

What is the Net Worth of Sabrina Ionescu?

Sabrina Ionescu has quite good earnings from her career as a basketball player. Having her career started in her high school, college, national level and now as a professional, Ionescu has managed to amass a healthy fortune from her several record-breaking matches. Her net worth is estimated to be around $100k including her salary and endorsement deals.

As a top-four pick, Ionescu will earn $79,000 in salary based on the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. Later, she signed a multi-year endorsement deal worth multiple times her expected salary with Nike on April 17, 2020. 

How tall is Sabrina Ionescu?

Sabrina Ionescu is a beautiful fit woman in her 20s. With her perfect basketball techniques and her well-maintained athletic body physique, Ionescu has managed to win several hearts all around the country.

She stands tall with a height of 5ft. 11inch.(1.80 m) while her body weighs around 73kg(161 lbs). She has a fair complexion with light brown hair and brown eyes. 

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