Emily Engstler Drafted 4th Overall By Indiana In WNBA Draft

With the 4th overall pick, the Indiana Fever selected Louisville forward Emily Engstler.

Engstler came to Louisville after spending her first 3 years at Syracuse. The native New Yorker was a standout for the Cuse and was Co-Sixth Player of the Year in 2020-2021. Engstler had 7 double-doubles while on her way to averaging 10.5ppg and 9.1rpg her junior year.

Although she was really successful at Syracuse, Louisville is where Emily thrived. The 6’1 do-it-all player for Louisville recorded multiple double-doubles while she wreaked havoc on opposing teams. Engstler led the ACC with 2.5 steals per game, was ranked third with 9.4rpg, and fifth with 1.9bpg. Emily was also named to the All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Defensive Team.

Engstler becomes then 7th Louisville player drafted in the last 4 drafts and third 1st rounder joining Asia Durr (2019) and Jazmine Jones (2020).

The Fever will be getting a player that is pro ready on the defensive end of the court, but also has a very promising offensive upside. Engstler really didn’t need or have to showcase much of her scoring ability for the Cards, but still managed to average 12ppg. Engstler did show her offensive versatility in her one year with Louisville. She also her ability at times to find the open teammate and initiate the offense.

Engstler projects as a multi position defender as a the small forward or a stretch four in the WNBA. If Cards fans want to see her develop and grow as a professional, she’s just up the road in Indianapolis. It’s great to see another Card get drafted at the top of the WNBA Draft. Congrats Emily and CSZ wishes you great success.

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