Sabrina Ionescu narrows decision to Oregon or Washington as 2016 signing deadline looms

Sabrina Ionescu’s long-awaited decision is coming closer to a final determination. Ionescu, who is the fourth-ranked women’s basketball prospect, according to espnW, and was the lone uncommitted player at the McDonald’s All-American game, said Tuesday night her two remaining schools are Oregon and Washington. The 6-foot guard once had finalists of California, …

Sabrina Ionescu’s long-awaited decision is coming closer to a final determination.

Ionescu, who is the fourth-ranked women’s basketball prospect, according to espnW, and was the lone uncommitted player at the McDonald’s All-American game, said Tuesday night her two remaining schools are Oregon and Washington. The 6-foot guard once had finalists of California, Oregon and Oregon State.

“I have notified both Cal and OSU and let them know I have removed them from my final list, which now includes only Oregon and University of Washington,” Ionescu said in a statement through her high school and club coach Kelly Sopak. “I hope to have a final decision by this month.”

The regular signing period ends May 18, which would be the final day in which Ionescu could sign a letter of intent.

The Walnut Creek, California native was named MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game after she scored 25 points, including seven 3-pointers and 10 rebounds. This past season, she posted gaudy averages of 25.9 points, 8.8 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 steals.

“Washington gave me my space and continued to recruit me during my entire process,” Ionescu said in a Twitter direct message. “When it became clear that OSU and Cal were out, it was just natural that Washington and Oregon were left.”

Ionescu wrapped up her high school season last month at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.

“Sabrina has stayed true to what she has said all along — that she was going to wait until the conclusion of her high school career before she reconsidered her options,” Sopak, her longtime coach at Miramonte High School and Cal Stars club team, said in a text message to The Emerald. “And she has finally had time to think about her decision.”

This spring, she was named national player of the year by both MaxPreps.com and USA Today. She led her high school team to a combined 119-10 record during her four years.

Her twin brother Eddy is set to attend Oregon this fall as a walk-on player for the men’s team.

Ionescu described her recruiting process as “unorthodox.”

An April 15 ESPN report said Ionescu still has an official visit she could take. She did not take an official visit to Washington last fall, but did visit Oregon in early October.

“She takes (recruiting) classes and puts them into another stratosphere,” Dan Olson, director of espnW rankings, said in an interview with The Emerald last fall. “This kid is a winner.”

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