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Sabrina Ionescu Drops First NFT Collection and Talks New WNBA Season

Sabrina Ionescu. That’s it.

One of the brightest young athletes in the world, Ionescu has been entertaining the masses on a national level since her Oregon Ducks days, and she’s continuing to do the same thing now as a member of the New York Liberty. Last year, Ionescu kicked off Brooklyn’s home debut with a buzzer beater to beat the Indiana Fever, and opened up this season in a similar thrilling fashion this year, scoring 25 points and 6 assists to help the Liberty to an 81-79 home victory over the Connecticut Sun.

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In addition to her tremendous success on the court, Ionescu was recently tapped by Tom Brady’s “Autograph” for a brand new campaign in which she just released her first NFT collection. Entitled “The Future Is…,” the campaign is loaded with young talent, and also includes NBA superstar Devin Booker, tennis great Coco Gauff, rising golfer Collin Morikawa, and Ionescu’s fellow Oregon Ducks standout Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers. The collection will also be accompanied by Autograph’s first brand campaign across digital and select broadcast channels, featuring all five stars.

Ionescu was gracious enough to give us a check-in as she continues the start of this historic 26th WNBA season.

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Ionescu Celebrating A 3-pointer

ONE37pm: Congratulations on being a part of this next Autograph Campaign! How was it working with the Autograph team?

Ionescu: I’m thrilled to be launching my first NFT collection with Autograph and joining so many amazing athletes and artists who are in this space.  It’s fun to collaborate, be creative, and think of new avenues to extend the power of digital collectibles.  For this drop, we came up with a concept tapping into my heritage, passions, and journey and I can’t wait to see how users vote on an outfit I’ll wear to an upcoming event. 

ONE37pm: NFTs have become such a huge part of the sports landscape. How can young athletes benefit from taking part?

Ionescu: I want to make sure the next generation knows that there’s a place for them in Web3, and Autograph is helping to pave the way for younger athletes and particularly, female athletes. “The Future is…” collection with Autograph does just that.  We are a new generation – and this allows us to spotlight our potential on and off the court and field.  I’m joined by a group of young talented sports stars who are paving the way for the future including Devin Booker, Coco Gauff, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Herbert.  

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ONE37pm: The WNBA season started on May 6th. It’s year 26! What are you most excited about?

Ionescu: I’m most excited about coming back for another season fully healthy and ready to compete.  I’ve spent so much time in the offseason training and prepping to be back in front of a crowd that I’m just happy the season is upon us.

ONE37pm: Anything else exciting coming up in these next few months?

Ionescu: You’ll have to wait and see!

We’re pretty sure that Ionescu will have plenty more NFT collections in the future. In the meantime, you can check her out again tomorrow night at 8pm as the Liberty takes on defending champions Chicago Sky in what is sure to be an exciting matchup.