Younger sister of star forward Satou Sabally tears her ACL for second consecutive offseason
Nyara Sabally’s fragile knee will keep her from playing with her sister for a second consecutive season at Oregon.
The 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman forward announced on social media that she has re-torn her ACL, which kept Sabally, the younger sister of star forward Satou Sabally, from playing for the Ducks during last year’s run to the women’s Final Four.
“Sometimes life just gets in the way of your plans,” Nyara Sabally posted on Instagram.
Coach Kelly Graves was looking forward to adding another versatile big to a rotation that returns starters Erin Boley (6-2), Satou Sabally (6-4) and Ruthy Hebard and backup Lydia Giomi (6-6).
Oregon also adds 6-5 freshman Lucy Cochrane and Texas transfer Sedona Prince, who is seeking a waiver from the NCAA to play in 2019-20.
But losing Nyra Sabally’s rare skill set is still a blow for the Ducks, who could be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll with Sabrina Ionescu and USC transfer Minyon Moore leading a deep and talented cast.
“We have not had a player here like Nyara,” assistant coach Mark Campbell said during the NCAA Tournament run in March. “The combination of Satou and Ruthy (as a comparison) is fair because she’s a very powerful athlete, strong and physical like Ruthy, but she has some guard skills. Not as many as Satou, but she’s more refined than Ruthy. So she can bring the ball up in transition, she’s a very good passer, she is more comfortable making the 15-footers. It’s going to be really neat to see her out here. ...
“She’s just going to be another selfless, talented basketball player that we get to add to the group that we’ll be returning.”
If the Sabally sisters are going to play together at Oregon, it will be during the 2020-21 season, Satou’s senior year.
The Ducks open the 2019-20 season on Nov. 11 against Northeastern at Matthew Knight Arena. Graves' powerhouse program, which is seeking its third consecutive Pac-12 championship, also has a marquee nonconference road game on Feb. 3 at UConn.