Sabrina Ionescu and Every Ducks Player to Go in the Top 5 in 2020 WNBA Draft

By Noah Davis in Basketball
| April 14, 2020 10:44 am PDT
Oregon Ducks 2020 WNBA Draft

The NBA isn’t hitting the hardwood right now, and not much else is happening in the sports world, so this Friday, all eyes will be on the WNBA.

The 2020 WNBA Draft arrives prior to the weekend, allowing die-hard basketball fans to see who will go #1, as well as how the rest of the draft will play out.

By now, just about everyone agrees who belongs in the top spot, as Oregon Ducks phenom Sabrina Ionescu is an insanely heavy -10000 favorite to be the first pick in the WNBA Draft.

That got me to thinking. With her leading the charge, just how many Ducks could go inside the top 5 this year? BetOnline and other basketball betting websites are asking the same, allowing you to wager on two (-175), three or more (+120), one (+1600), or none (+6600).

Let’s take a look at the best Oregon college basketball players and come to a conclusion as to which way you should bet.

Sabrina Ionescu, PG

The consensus top pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, Ionescu lived up to her Preseason Player of the Year billing with 17.5 points and 9.1 assists per game.

Ionescu’s elite combination of scoring, passing, and rebounding helped Oregon go a staggering 31-2 and made the Ducks a solid bet to win the national title, had March Madness happened.

Oregon’s team success can at least partially be credited to Ionescu, who runs much of the offense and has proven to be adept at creating for herself and others.

In fact, her ball-sharing ways led to her breaking pretty illustrious records.

Satou Sabally, SF

Ionescu was far from alone, as she was surrounded by several WNBA-bound prospects. Sabally was one of them, as she put up over 16 points and nearly seven rebounds per game for one of the best teams in the nation.

Sabally also displayed some playmaking and knocked down 33% of her long balls.

Her package of size, speed, athleticism, and shooting made her an excellent option for Ionescu, and to many, it also makes her the second-best prospect going into the draft.

Ruthy Hebard, PF

Hebard loses out to Sabally, who is the better athlete and more talented overall offensive player.

You still get a total throwback with Hebard, who can score very well down low, hits the boards, and can defend.

A balanced and serviceable player, Hebard’s lack of upside could keep her outside of the top 5, but her strong overall skillset keeps her in the running.

Minyon Moore, PG

There’s also Moore, who understandably wasn’t fully allowed to showcase her talent with Ionescu handling the ball so frequently.

Still, Moore first played three years at USC, where she averaged 14.8 points and 5.9 assists per game in her final season.

Moore got overshadowed by playing for one of the best teams in women’s college basketball, but she still exhibits great leadership, nice scoring ability, and exceptional playmaking.

While far from a lock to even be a first-round pick, there’s little doubt Moore is being rather overlooked due to the stacked roster she hails from.

Summary

These are the best bets when it comes to Oregon Ducks players that will even be drafted. If you want to predict which Oregon Ducks get selected inside the top 5, that list very quickly becomes a lot shorter.

Ionescu is a lock to be inside the top 5. She’s a virtual lock to be the top pick, but if you want to make the case it should be Sabally, it isn’t impossible to flip flop them.

Sabally is also a top-5 lock, by all accounts. She isn’t a realistic threat to her former teammate to be the first overall pick, but she’s good enough to believe she’ll be inside the top 5.

That’s where this wager would get tricky. Hebard is the only other option that makes any sense, and right now, most WNBA mock drafts have her falling into round two.

Her presence makes the “three or more” wager very interesting at +120. However, she isn’t a lock due to the presence of the well-rounded Lauren Cox, as well as an explosive scorer like Chennedy Carter.

The “favored” bet is the best option here. Bettors can target two Ducks players to go inside the top 5, and at -175, the price is palatable enough to go after.

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