Sabrina Ionescu is making a case for being one of the best college basketball players in NCAA history. Ever. Men or women. No qualification.

The Oregon senior guard is in rarefied air. She holds records that may go untouched. She sets standards that may be impossible to meet. And if she finishes her career in New Orleans with a championship the individual accolades that have become so commonplace can get pushed to the back of the shelf for the one accolade that really matters to her, a national championship trophy.

She is the overwhelming favorite to be the national player of the year after winning the Wade Trophy a year ago. She is the most recognizable name in the women’s game at this moment.

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She is a one-name point of reference for greatness.

What makes Ionescu a talent unlike any we have ever seen in college hoops?

There are many, many things. Let’s look at five of them:

1. She had more triple-doubles than any freshman, ever  — Ionescu has been a star since the moment she arrived on the Oregon campus, showing up one day in June and walking into the gym to let head coach Kelly Graves know that she was signing with his program. She notched her first triple-double three weeks into her first season. By the end of her debut season, she had four, more than any freshman in NCAA history. On Jan. 8, in her homecoming game at Cal, the Bay Area native hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. She hit game-winning free throws to knock out a Kelsey Plum-led Washington team in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Ducks, meanwhile, immediately became a national factor. The Ducks earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 in 2017 and Ionescu propelled wins over second-seeded Duke and third-seeded Maryland and into the Elite Eight, where Oregon fell hard to UConn. Ionescu was named the national freshman of the year, the Pac-12 freshman of the year. The die was cast.

2. ‘Sabrina’ is now one of those names that doesn’t need a last name  — The Sabrina effect is powerful. When Steph Curry is tweeting at you and you are just a sophomore, you are growing the game. When Kobe Bryant becomes your mentor and comes to watch you play, you are growing the game. When your program is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, wins back-to-back conference titles program for the first time in school history, sets attendance records, watches its ticket prices soar on the secondary market…you are growing the game. Her decision to return to Oregon after the Ducks’ Final Four loss was national news. It’s no coincidence that Portland chose to be an NCAA regional host site for the past two years, or that the city has put in for a bid to bring the Final Four back to the West Coast for the first time since 1999. Sabrina — and in fairness, the simultaneous ascent of the Oregon State women’s program — have changed the geographic power center of women’s basketball.