SAN FRANCISCO - Sabrina can stand alone.

Oregon All-American Sabrina Ionescu was the star of the show at Pac-12 women’s basketball media day on Monday as the biggest name in her sport.

“Any time you can name an athlete and everybody knows who you are talking about with just their first name, it’s a pretty big deal,” Colorado coach JR Payne said. “You talk about Kobe, you talk about Sabrina. I think it’s remarkable to have a woman of that caliber in our conference.”

Informed of Payne’s one-name designation, Ionescu had a quick quip.

“I don’t know if that is because my last name is too complicated to say or because of who I am, but I’ll take it,” she said.

Ionescu turned down an opportunity to declare for the WNBA Draft after earning the Wooden Award for the national player of the year as a junior. All five first-team, All-Americans in men’s basketball last year turned pro, leaving Markus Howard of Marquette and Cassius Winston of Michigan State as the most decorated returning players.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves believes his star has a chance to become “the face of college basketball, not just on the women’s side.”

“I don’t think that’s hyperbole,” Graves said. “What’s the name on the men’s side that everyone knows right now? Last year it was easy, it was Zion (Williamson). Well, there’s not another one of those right now. The great thing about Sabrina is that she’s crossed over so even casual men’s basketball fans know who she is. She kind of transcends the women’s game.”

Ionescu was an All-Pac-12 player as a freshman before earning All-American honors during each of the past two years while winning the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s top point guard. Ionescu has dealt with hype and expectations since being named national player of the year in high school.

“I think it just slowly builds up over time, but its always humbling,” she said. “You always have to be on your game. Ready to talk and take pictures because that’s what you have to do when there is so much support around you. I’m pretty low-key, but I accept that role and take it on, being happy to talk to people and take pictures. Whatever I can do to help the game grow, help our team and accomplish what we set out to accomplish is what I am going to do.”

Ionescu was the guest announcer reading off the starting lineups before Oregon’s football game against California on Saturday and later received the loudest ovation when the women’s basketball team received their Final Four rings during a break in the game.

“It’s awesome any time we go to sporting events, but especially football games when the whole stadium stands up and cheers for us, its so loud that it almost sounds like they scored a touchdown,” Ionescu said.

Ionescu has learned to handle extra attention in any situation.

“Sometimes when I go to events like that, I can’t get to the restroom or get somewhere without having to stop, so I have to monitor that I am doing everything that I need to take care of at the right time,” she said.

Graves hasn’t seen Ionescu uncomfortable in any situation as her fame has grown to a national level since arriving on campus.

“I don’t think it bothers her,” he said. “It does bother some people, but she’s used to it and I think she enjoys it.”

While trying to lead Oregon to a national championship, Ionescu will also chase a historic milestone. Ionescu has 1,984 points, 792 assists and 756 rebounds in her career, putting her on pace to become the first player in NCAA women’s basketball history with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

“Sab is awesome, she’s just super humble,” UO junior Satou Sabally said. “She doesn’t talk about her awards. We talk more about it than she does. She puts everything on the team, all of her awards she says is about the team. She just cares about winning and going through the journey with us. She makes us all feel like part of her success, which we are, but that is a unique thing about Sab.”

The Ducks were a unanimous pick as preseason Pac-12 favorites as they seek a third straight title. Oregon may be ranked No. 1 in preseason polls with four returning starters from a season that ended with a loss to national champion Baylor in the semifinals.

“Having someone like Sabrina who is so used to being in the spotlight, that helps us stay grounded,” Graves said.