Hometown: New York, NY (Syracuse transfer)
High School Rating: 5 Star
- 2018 McDonald’s All-American
- 2017 NYSSWA 6th-Team Class AA All-State
- No.2 Wing in The Class of 2018 (ESPNW Hoopgurlz)
- 37th-Overall Player in the Class of 2018 (Prospects Nation)
- 2020-2021 ACC Co-Sixth Player Of The Year
- Participated in 3×3 USA women’s FIBA 3×3 U23 National Team.
Coach Walz: “She competes, she’s a rebounder, she can score from the 3pt line, score in the post, she’s good, she’s just really good. She averaged closed to a double double at Syracuse.”
Breakdown: Engstler is a tough tough competitor. She’s a very versatile perimeter player with a physical post presence. On the perimeter, she can initiate the offensive attack for others as well as herself. Probably one of the strongest aspects of Emily’s game is her ability to rebound. Emily crashes the boards regularly and with reckless abandonment, she can be a problem leading the break off of a defensive rebound. Emily has a nice handle in transition and on the perimeter. Engstler is also tough to handle in the paint, she can finish with finesse as well as through traffic. Emily has a very nice mid-range game that extends to her ever improving deep ball.
My Take: Engstler could very well be on her way to winning two consecutive ACC Sixth Player of the Year awards and could become the first to do it with two different teams. Last year, Louisville had their share of issues with bigger teams, but Engstler brings some size and versatility to the Louisville front court. Standing 6’2, she can play on the wing as well as guard the post when called upon. I really believe with the addition of Hall and Engstler, this is the year Louisville will make another deep post season run. Like Coach Walz alluded to, Emily could average a double-double and if she does…Louisville will be crowned NCAA National Champions.