Three Ducks in Round 1
NICK NIENDORF: The Chicago Sky select Ruthy Hebard out of Oregon with the eighth pick in the 2020 WNBA draft. The 6’4” senior center comes into the league with an absurd 65.1% field goal percentage for her career and the type of hustle head coach James Wade has been adamant in finding in this draft. Hebard will round out the Sky’s platoon rotation in the front court and provide depth for Chicago’s roster.
While Hebard doesn’t have the ability to stretch the floor like her new front court teammates Stefanie Dolson and Jantel Lavender, she’ll bring legitimate size and rebounding off the bench for the Sky. Chicago had the second-worst offensive rebounding percentage in the league last year, but Hebard’s elite rebounding on both ends of the floor should help remedy that. She won’t blow defenses away initially with her individual offensive skill set, but running pick and rolls with Courtney Vandersloot and Diamond DeShields should allow her to contribute right away.