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Nyara Sabally and Taylor Chavez sign with Oregon

Nyara Sabally and Taylor Chavez officially signed for Oregon women’s basketball on Wednesday.

Sabally, the sister of Oregon freshman Satou Sabally, was named MVP of the FIBA U18 European Championships while playing for Germany this past year.  Chavez, a four-star recruit who is the No. 16-ranked point guard according to ESPN, joins Nyara as part of Oregon’s 2018 class.

Nyara, a Berlin, Germany native, averaged 17.3 points and 12.8 rebounds at this summer’s Euros. The 6-foot-2, three-star forward is ranked No. 21 among forwards in her class.

“She’s phenomenal. She’s built a little bit more like Ruthy (Hebard), but still plays a lot like Satou, with real guard skills,” head coach Kelly Graves said of Nyaya. “She’s the kind that can get a rebound, go coast-to-coast, change directions a couple times and finish at the rim — she can hit 3s. She’s just a real versatile player. She’s another big-time talent. And if you know her, you’ll know that she has a real exuberance for life, which I love and appreciate. I think she’s going to be a great fit for the culture we’ve built.”

Chavez, a 5-foot-10 guard, verbally committed to Oregon on Oct. 13. She averaged 20.5 points per game as a junior and earned Arizona’s 6A player of the year award.

“Can play with the ball or without. Good shooter. Clutch player,” Graves said of Chavez. “I think when I was sold on her I saw her play against Sabrina (Ionescu). They both went for over 30. It was toe-to-toe, she rose to the challenge playing against Sabrina. I think you’re really going to like her. She’s a 4.5 student as well, never had an A-minus.”

Last season, the Ducks had the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation, according to ESPNW.

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Shawn is an associate sports editor and reporter for the Emerald covering football, men's basketball, women's basketball, acrobatics and tumbling, track and field/cross-country and softball. He also hosts several podcasts, including a soccer podcast, on the Emerald Podcast Network. You can contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @ShawnMedow.