6’4 — Fairbanks, Alaska
Ruthy Hebard entered her senior year at Oregon having played 111 games (starting 108) and having played 3,190 productive minutes. She is averaging 16 points and about nine rebounds per game in her first three years, and she has a chance to average a double-double her senior year as a part of the incredibly talented 2019-2020 Duck’s squad.
Hebard is an efficient and consistent performer, earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 team her first three years and a spot on the Wade Trophy Watch List both her sophomore and junior years. During the 2018-19 season, she shot a staggering 67 percent from the floor, second best in the NCAA, and made an incredible 33 straight baskets from February 9-February 19, 2018 during her Sophomore year, setting the NCAA record (for both men and women). The only game she missed her junior year was against UCLA after suffering a knee injury in a previous game.
Hebard is not the fastest or most athletic player in the draft and relies on execution, size and skill to be effective, meaning she could struggle until she is able to adjust to the WNBA which is filled with incredible athletes. Because of her lack of pure athleticism, it is hard to project her role on a pro team, but her work ethic leads one to believe she will at least be a solid role player and possible starter given a few years of development.
Her many accomplishments include being named the Katrina McClain Award Winner for National Power Forward of the Year as a sophomore and being named as a finalist for the award a year later. She is a two-time WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and was ranked No. 10 on ESPNW’s preseason list of top players in the NCAA. She has tallied 20 or more points 12 times, including one of her two double-doubles in the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament and both double-doubles in the PAC-12 Tournament. She has won two straight USA Basketball 3×3 National Titles and won a silver medal with Team USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2017.
She led the team with 60 blocks her sophomore year and entered her senior year with 111 career blocks and 127 steals, making her a definitive threat on the defensive end of the floor. In addition to her on-court accomplishments, she has garnered the reputation as one of the hardest working women in the NCAA and a strong advocate of both racial and gender equality.
2⃣4⃣ is a FIRST-team all-American! 👊
After a stellar senior season, Ruthy Hebard joins @sabrina_i20 on the five-player Associated Press all-America first team!
— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) March 19, 2020
Superstar Mesh Comparison-
It is hard to lock down two players to compare Hebard to due to the fact that she plays a lot like many WNBA centers, minus the added height and size, but her game and body is similar to that of A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Suns’ Alyssa Thomas. Hebard is an elite and efficient two-point scorer, especially in the post and paint, and while she doesn’t have the speed of Thomas and Wilson, she does have the ability to both post up or face up and find her way to the basket for easy looks.
Because of her consistency, strength and size, most draft boards have Hebard going somewhere in the first round. Depending on injuries and performance, she may even be able to climb into the top five.
Collegiate Stats (4 Years, University of Oregon)
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