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Sunday April 22nd, 2018 4:08AM

Mackenzie Engram selected by Atlanta Dream in WNBA draft

By UGA Sports Communications

ATHENS — Mackenzie Engram, who just completed her senior season on the Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team, was selected by the Atlanta Dream in the third round of the 2018 WNBA Draft Thursday evening. 

Taken 27th overall, the Powder Springs, Georgia native and 2018 All-SEC performer becomes the 22nd Lady Bulldog — and the first since Shacobia Barbee in 2016 —  to be selected in the WNBA Draft. 

“It is a special feeling to hear your name called on draft night, and I could not be more excited for Mackenzie and her entire family,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “With Mackenzie, you get the whole package. First of all, she’s a very skilled player who brings so much to the court from a basketball standpoint. Off the court, she’s someone you hope your daughter becomes one day. She’s smart, thoughtful, caring and the perfect teammate. I’m thrilled for Mackenzie but also excited for the Atlanta Dream because they are getting a very special player.”

Engram was a star during her four years in Athens. After placing on the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2015, she developed into an all-conference player during her senior campaign. Engram paced the Lady Bulldogs in scoring as she led the team to 26 wins — the most for Georgia since the 2006-07 season. 

The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and finished the season with nine double figure scoring games over the last 11 contests. The Lady Bulldogs earned a No. 4 seed and hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. 

Engram’s efforts did not stop on the court. She was widely known as a leader when it came to community service efforts and placed on the SEC Community Service Team in each of the past two seasons. 

In 2017, her brother Evan was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. 

Engram joins a long line of former Georgia Lady Bulldogs who played in the WNBA. In all, Georgia’s total of 22 draft picks ranks fourth nationally among all collegiate women’s basketball programs. 

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