Sabrina Ionescu has been all over the map this summer. She tried out for Team USA’s U16 team in Colorado back in May, made the team and then played for them in Mexico in June (they won gold). Recently, Ionescu’s led her Cal Stars team to tourney victories in Oregon and Chicago with the Nike Nationals coming up soon. That’s a lot of traveling (and success) for an incoming sophomore.
SportStars Magazine: What’s been the highlight for you this summer?
Sabrina Ionescu: I think maybe making the USA team. I never thought I could make it. Then to come back with Cal Stars and win in Chicago and Oregon, especially after our point guard (Natalie Romeo) got hurt.
SSM: What area of your game are you working on the most this summer?
SI: Usually shooting, and I do ball handling on my own. Also, just other simple stuff.
SSM: What’s Ionescu’s goal for this season?
SI: We want to win state. but I know we’re losing one of our seniors (Carly Gill). With our incoming freshman, we’re gonna try to get the tempo going, keep pressuring the ball and keep working towards our goal to win state.
SSM: What was the highlight of playing for the U16 National Team in the Americas Tournament?
SI: Probably winning the gold medal. We worked so hard for those last two weeks. Finally winning in the gold medal game when we were tied with Canada at halftime was relieving and really exciting.
SABRINA’S QUICK HITS
Favorite Athlete: Tony Parker
Ionescu’s Favorite Basketball Team: Warriors
Favorite Subject: Math
Breanna Alford – The Miramonte senior forward was named to the All-Tournament team at the End of the Oregon Trail tournament on July 11.
Austin Moomau – The 13-year-old Granada Little Leaguer hit eight home runs over his team’s first six games in the Intermediate Little League NorCal Division II Tournament.
Derek Hill – The Elk Grove outfielder was named to the A’s roster for the Area Code Games to be played in Long Beach in early August. As a junior, he batted .417 with 27 runs and 27 RBI.