ESPN's College GameDay reveals guest picker for Oregon-UCLA matchup
There really wasn’t a more perfect choice.
The celebrity guest picker who will join the set of ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday when it airs live from The Quad on Oregon’s campus will be none other than former Duck basketball star Sabrina Ionescu. ESPN announced the selection on Thursday.
A college basketball great and @OregonWBB legend 👏
We can't wait to welcome @sabrina_i20 to our show in Eugene this weekend! pic.twitter.com/GczIyItGhu
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2022
GameDay will broadcast live from 6-9 a.m. PT from the Memorial Quad on the Ducks’ campus Saturday. The 10th-ranked Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) host the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX Saturday afternoon.
The former Oregon standout is coming off a true breakout campaign during the 2022 season where she blossomed into a full-blown WNBA star. Ionescu earned her first All-Star selection, led the New York Liberty to the WNBA Playoffs — where they took the defending champion Chicago Sky to three games — and finished on the All-WNBA Second Team.
In 32 minutes a night, Ionescu averaged 17.4 points a game to go with 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists. She became the first player in WNBA history to top 500 points, 200 rebounds, and 200 assists in a single season. With two triple-doubles on the year, she moved into a tie for the all-time WNBA triple-double record (three).
Ionescu put up the league’s first-ever triple-double in less than three quarters on June 12, and then recorded the first-ever 30-plus point triple-double on July 6. Additionally, the Liberty guard became the fastest in team history to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark — just 66 games. She also holds the single-season franchise assist record with 228.
At Oregon, she had one of the best careers in college basketball history. She’s the NCAA’s career triple-double leader, and Oregon’s all-time leading scorer. She became the first player (female or male) in NCAA history with 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 career rebounds (1,040), and 1,000 career assists (1,091).
On the set of Saturday’s show, she’ll make picks for the weekend’s games — including Oregon-UCLA — alongside Desmond Howard, Pat McAfee, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit.