Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon women's basketball junior forward, Satou Sabally announced she will be turning professional after this season via social media Thursday morning.
The German native has been a focal point in Kelly Graves' championship caliber teams, since she arrived in Eugene in 2017. Sabally was named Pac-12 freshman of the year after starting 29 games for the Ducks her first year on campus. She was also selected to the Pac-12 all-freshman team during the year in which she averaged 10.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds.
Sabally's sophomore year, she took another step forward. She averaged 16.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. Oregon reached the Final Four, and she added to her already impressive resume with a selection to the all-Pac-12 women's basketball team.
This year, Sabally is already averging 16 points per game, to go along with 7.4 rebounds. When speaking with ESPN's Holly Rowe about the decision, she said it was the toughest decision she had to make. She credited the exhibition game against Team USA as the eye opener that she needed to determine that she could hold her own in the pros.
In her twitter announcement post, Sabally said "It breaks my heart that I have not had the chance to play with my sister, Nyara." Her younger sister joined her in Eugene in 2018, but missed the season due to a torn ACL. During her recovery and path back on the court in August of last year, Nyara retore her ACL forcing her to once again sit out the season for the Ducks.
Sabally joins a rare group of players to leave college early to enter the WNBA draft. To be eligible, a player has to graduate from a four year university prior to draft day or within three months after. A player can also enter if they will turn 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft, which is the case with Sabally. She will join the likes of her senior teammates, Sabrina Ionescu (projected to be the number one overall selection), Ruthy Hebard (projected to be selected in the first round), and Minyon Moore to be among the pool for the draft. Sabally is also expected to be a high lottery pick.
The WNBA draft will be held on April 17th.