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Sabally Picked Fifth Overall By New York

Apr 11, 2022

NEW YORK – Nyara Sabally was selected with the fifth overall pick by the New York Liberty in Monday's WNBA Draft, becoming the fourth Oregon player in the last three years to be selected in the first round of the draft.
Sabally will join Sabrina Ionescu on the Liberty, as the two will reunite after being teammates during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Ducks.
All of Oregon's four first-round picks have come since 2020, a number that is the most of any school in the country. Sabally joins Ionescu, her sister Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard as Ducks to be taken in the first round, while she becomes the 12th Oregon player to be selected all-time and the third in the top five.
"It feels amazing," said Sabally. "This has been a dream ever since I can remember – sharing the court with Satou. Playing against her is going to be a lot of fun and I can't wait."

The Berlin, Germany, native averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during her two years on the floor as a Duck while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Sabally finished her career with 12 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 38 of her 47 career games. She spent four years with the program, but missed each of her first two seasons due to injury.
Sabally earned All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight year in 2021-22 after leading the team and finishing sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.4 PPG. She also led the Ducks and ended the season third in the Pac-12 in rebounding, averaging 7.8 per game while finishing fifth in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 52.7 percent.  
A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Sabally turned up her production down the stretch, leading the Pac-12 in rebounding from Feb. 6 on with 9.3 per game. She also posted four of her eight double-doubles on the year in the last five games and averaged 18.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG and 3.6 BPG over the final five games. Sabally's turned in seven 20-point games, highlighted by a career-high 31 against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament to match a UO tournament record.