Sabrina Ionescu added one more piece of hardware to her Oregon collection.
The unanimous national women’s basketball player of the year was the co-winner of the 90th AAU Sullivan Award on Wednesday given annually to the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.
Ionescu shared the honor with Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee, a two-time NCAA champion whose 2020 postseason was also canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. They are the second co-winners in the history of the award, which dates back to 1930.
"This is truly an honor," Ionescu, the first Oregon athlete to win the Sullivan Award, said during Wednesday’s virtual ceremony. "I’m blessed to be in this position and blessed to be among such great athletes and people, and to follow in the footsteps of the past AAU Sullivan Award winners."
Ionescu joins an impressive list of past winners that includes Bobby Jones (1930, golf), Wilma Rudolph (1961, track), Mark Spitz (1971, swimming), Bill Walton (1973, basketball), Carl Lewis (1981, track), Peyton Manning (1997, football), Michelle Kwan (2001, figure skating), Michael Phelps (2003, swimming), Tim Tebow (2007, football) and Breanna Stewart (2015, basketball).
"I just want to say thank you to the University of Oregon and anyone that has been a part of my journey in the past and now in the future," Ionescu said after she and Lee beat out eight other finalists, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. "Congrats to everyone that was up for this award, it’s really inspirational to be in a pool with these athletes."
After finishing her collegiate career with the Ducks, Ionescu won the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award as the national player of the year.
The senior guard was also a first-team All-American and the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association national player of the year. Ionescu is the first NCAA player ever to reach 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 assists (1,091) and 1,000 rebounds (1,040).
Ionescu was selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.
The Walnut Creek, Calif., native capped her career with an NCAA all-time record 26 triple-doubles after matching her own single-season record with eight in 2019-20.
Ionescu finished this past season averaging 17.5 points, a career-high 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists per game while leading the Ducks to the program’s third consecutive outright Pac-12 regular-season title.
Oregon finished the season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll behind South Carolina. Due to the coronavirus, the NCAA Tournament was canceled days after the Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
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