Sabrina Ionescu, the nation’s top uncommitted girls basketball player, is down to Oregon and Washington.
“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 to the Daily Emerald through her high school and club coach Kelly Sopak. “I hope to have a final decision by this month.”
Ionescu, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Player of the Year, is ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2016 by ESPNw’s HoopGurlz rankings. She averaged 25.3 points, 8.8 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.3 blocks last season in leading Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.) to the Open Division state title game.
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Named the MVP of the McDonald’s All American Game, Ionescu also played in the Jordan Brand Classic.
Asked by USA TODAY High School Sports in March about being the last uncommitted player among elite recruit, Ionescu did not flinch.
“I’m taking my own path and not letting anyone alter it,” she said. “I tried to get it done (in November’s early signing period) to not have to deal with all the questions and everyone asking me every day.
“But I wanted to let it play out and let the true colors of the schools play out. I wanted to see how the coaches interact with me after a win and after a loss.
“I wanted to let other people make their decisions and see if or how their (criteria) differs from mine. I wanted to let the November period pass and all that pressure to give me a couple of extra months to be a kid and play high school basketball.”
Keeping true to her plan, Ionescu has waited until all aspects of her high school career are over to make a recruiting decision.
Her twin brother Eddie intends to play basketball at Oregon as a walk-on.
The regular signing period ends May 18.