With the eighth pick of the WNBA draft, the Chicago Sky took Ruthy Hebard out of Oregon. According to Sky head coach James Wade, Hebard was on top of their big board, and they were surprised she was there when they picked at No.8.
Ruthy Hebard will give the Chicago Sky a post presence down low to help compliment the games of Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, and Diamond DeShields. Hebard’s ability to score down in the post should free up open looks for the Sky’s perimeter players. If she can play the way she did at Oregon, Hebard could very well demand a double-team as her rookie season goes on.
While at Oregon, Hebard was a very efficient player. She averaged 16.4 points per game in her four seasons at Oregon as freshman Hebard averaged 14.9 points per game while shooting 58% from the floor. Over the next three years, she shot 66%, 67%, and 68% from the field. Hebard finished her college career shooting 65% from the field. She knows how to get spots on the floor where she is most effective and puts the ball in the basket. Hebard’s efficiency will boost Chicago’s offense.
Along with here scoring, Hebard can also rebound the basketball; she averaged nine rebounds per game in four seasons in Oregon. Hebard is traditional power forward, who can score on the block and rebound the basketball well. Also, she is capable of blocking shots as well averaging one block per game in four years in Oregon.
Chicago got one heck of a player in Hebard, maybe can help them go on a deep run in the playoffs this upcoming season. With her skillset, Hebard should be able to dominate the post in the WNBA. But she will have to prove she can do it on the pro level. It will be interesting to see if she can do it.
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