Ionescu took to Instagram to share a photo of herself working with Kobe on the court:
The caption read: "I know you're looking down on me smiling. We did it. I got drafted #1. More work to do. Love and miss you."
Bryant became Ionescu's mentor while she was starring collegiately at Oregon, as he often gave her advice on basketball and life. They grew so close, in fact, that Ionescu spoke at the memorial held for Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, that was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles in February.
Kobe and Gianna were two of the nine people who died on Jan. 26 when the helicopter that was carrying them to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, crashed in Calabasas.
Both Kobe and Gianna were honored before the start of the WNBA draft. Also, Gianna and her two late teammates, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, were named honorary selections in the 2020 WNBA draft.
Ionescu was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 2020, and she became the first player in major women's college basketball to register 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds in their career.
After dominating in college, Ionescu is poised to become one of the greatest players in WNBA history, just as Kobe was one of the best to ever play in the NBA.