Ruthy Hebard and the Chicago Sky prepare for the 2020 WNBA season

Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 5:50 PM AKDT
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Ruthy Hebard practices down in Florida. (Chicago Sky/Amber Del Rio, July 9, 2020)
Ruthy Hebard practices down in Florida. (Chicago Sky/Amber Del Rio, July 9, 2020)((Chicago Sky/Amber Del Rio, July 9, 2020))


The 2020 Women’s National Basketball Association season is right around the corner, as Fairbanks’ own Ruthy Hebard gets set for her professional debut with the Chicago Sky. Teams in the league are currently in training camp mode in the bubble in Florida in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hebard was the 8th overall pick in April after four years with the Oregon Ducks. The talented power forward from the Golden Heart City has been soaking up information as she transitions to the pro game.

“The fact she has a natural flow to her game. Even when she’s thinking she’s still moving and still doing things that make her special,” said Chicago Sky Head Coach James Wade. “The little things come naturally to her so it doesn’t take away from her. When we give her so much information that she has to think [about], it slows her up a little bit. But she’s on a good track. We’re very happy with her. We’re pleased with where she is right now.”

Wade said during the press conference on July 14 that with Jantel Lavender being out after foot surgery, it opens the opportunity for Ruthy to step in and get immediate playing time. The other forwards on the roster are Cheyenne Parker, Gabby Williams, Azura Stevens and Kahleah Cooper. Parker said during the press conference that Hebard has been picking up the information that the veterans are sharing with her.

“Man, I love Ruthy. I love her. Just everything that she brings to the team is great,” said Parker about her rookie. “I love her personality and how she’s picking up very fast on plays, the lingo. Just the teams’ camaraderie. Ruthy’s doing a really great job. I think that she’s going to fit into the system really well. She’s got a great attitude and she’s continued to get better every day.”

The Sky last season went 20-14, taking the fifth seed in the postseason. After dispatching the Phoenix Mercury, the Sky lost in a heart breaker to the Las Vegas Aces in the second round.

Hebard is set to make her debut on July 26, when the Sky take on the Aces at the IMG Academy.

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