The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association just named Emily Engstler to the Cheryl Miller Award watch list.
We see you @em__baller 👀
The forward has been named to the 2022 Cheryl Miller Award Watchlist
— Louisville WBB (@UofLWBB) October 27, 2021
Engstler is a former five star recruit and top 10 player in the 2018 class according to ESPNW Hoopgurlz. She spent 3 years at Syracuse before transferring to Louisville this summer.
Engstler averaged a double-double against Louisville over the last two years, as she torched Louisville as a member of the Syracuse Orange. As a junior for the Orange, Emily appeared in 22 games and averaged 10.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg in 29.9 mpg. Last year, former UofL small forward Elizabeth Balogun was named to Cheryl Miller Award watch list.
The award is given to the best small forward in women’s basketball. A 1995 Hall of Famer, Cheryl Miller herself is widely known as Reggie Miller’s big sister. Miller is also known as one of the best college basketball players in the history of the sport (men or women). This is the fifth year the award will be given out.
Cheryl Miller played her college basketball at USC and won the national title back-to-back in 1983 & 1984. Miller also won the Naismith POY a miraculous three times (1984-1986). Miller was a four-time All-American and an Olympic Gold Medalist in 1984. Cheryl Miller would’ve definitely been one of the greatest female basketball players of all-time had she not suffered multiple knee injuries.
Emily Engstler winning this award would be an amazing achievement for both her and Louisville. I’m sure an individual award isn’t quite on Engstler’s mind, as she and her Louisville Cardinals have their eyes set on the ultimate team accomplishment.