Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu has Stephen Curry on speed dial
Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu has rubbed elbows with some of the NBA’s greatest players, including the late Kobe Bryant and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. As a future No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft and a four-year star, Ionescu has Curry on speed dial in order to ask for any helps she needs, a dream come true for an up-and-coming pro:
“I love having a relationship with him, just being able to remember when I was little, watching him and kind of emulating my game after him, to now being able to call him or text him any time that I need help with something,” said Ionescu in a ESPN The Magazine cover story by Maria Taylor.
Sabrina Ionescu has Steph on speed dial 📱
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Ionescu has gotten her share of flak from Oregonians for not supporting the Portland Trail Blazers, but some are unaware of her upbringing in Walnut Creek, where she watched a lot of Curry’s games as a kid.
The 5-foot-11 all-around package has learned a thing or two from Curry, whether it is her feathery jump shot or her nifty passes in traffic.
Ionescu plays with the same joy and flair that makes Curry a must-watch every time he laces them up to take the court. Her four-year collegiate career is a testament to that.
The 22-year-old is soon to become the first overall selection in the WNBA in a class headlined by her own Oregon teammates, as three of them are slated to be drafted among the top five. That level of notoriety has allowed her to sit front row at Warriors games in the past, where she dissects every move Curry makes, packing just a little more of his game into her own.