Sedona Prince has withdrawn her name from consideration for the 2023 WNBA Draft.
The Oregon standout withdrew from her redshirt senior season in October due to an elbow injury. At the time, she planned to exhaust her remaining NCAA eligibility and pursue a professional career, per a statement from the Ducks.
With their withdrawal from the draft, Prince could choose to remain at Oregon, or they could choose to continue their college career elsewhere. They have entered the transfer portal, The Next’s Em Adler reported.
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While Prince attempted to play through her elbow injury, further evaluation revealed a ligament tear that required surgery “in order to ensure long-term health and a sustained professional career,” she said.
“I’m heartbroken,” Prince said at the time. “I truly felt that this was the year I could showcase my work ethic and skills on the court, but also my self-growth and leadership ability.”
Prince is one of several players to opt out after initially declaring for the draft, joining UCLA’s Charisma Osborne, Arizona’s Esmery Martinez and Oregon teammate Endyia Rogers. Still more players did not declare for the draft and decided instead to use their COVID-19 eligibility years, including Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson and Tamari Key.
Prince spent her freshman year at Texas, which she missed with a broken leg, before opting to transfer to Oregon. She missed another season once she arrived in Oregon due to transfer rules, but she averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons with the Ducks.
Prince has two years of eligibility remaining.