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Liberty first-rounder Nyara Sabally to miss ’22 season

Oregon's Nyara Sabally, center, passes the ball out of the key against USC during the second half Jan. 30, 2022.Syndication The Register Guard
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New York Liberty first-round draft pick Nyara Sabally will miss the 2022 season, general manager Jonathan Kolb confirmed Friday.

“We knew heading into the selection for Nyara that there was a very strong chance that she would not play this year because of her current health condition,” Kolb said. “We knew that in selecting her and that will be the case. … We’re going to have her rights going forward and we’re going to work with Nyara and her representatives and doctors to make sure that she is ready to roll for ’23.”

The 6-foot-5 forward from Oregon was the No. 5 overall pick in Monday’s WNBA Draft.

Sabally had multiple ACL tears in her right knee during her collegiate career.

As a redshirt junior, she led the Ducks with 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 24 games (20 starts) this season.

Born in Germany, Sabally is the younger sister of Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally.

–Field Level Media