If you thought New York Liberty 2018 WNBA Draft pick Kia Nurse and her NHL enforcing brother Darnell Nurse were the most lethal brother-sister combo at Thursday’s WNBA Draft, then think again.
Not saying they aren’t but you have to also put Giants tight end Evan Engram and his sister Mackenzie Engram, who was the 27th pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, in that same exclusively lit category of sibling excellence.
GOD IS GOOD!! The 27th pick in the 2018 WNBA is Mackenzie Engram to the Atlanta Dream!!! MY SISTER IN THE LEAGUE!!!!
Unlike her brother, who is now a big-city slicker with a year playing and excelling under the scrutiny of a critical NY media and fan base, Mackenzie gets to stay close to their Georgia roots as a pick of the Atlanta Dream, becoming the 22nd University of Georgia Lady Bulldog — and the first since Shacobia Barbee in 2016 — to be selected in the WNBA Draft. Georgia's total of 22 draft picks ranks fourth nationally among all collegiate women's basketball programs.
"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."
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 as the Lady Bulldogs earned a No. 4 seed and hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.
She's also widely known as a leader when it came to community service efforts and was a member of the SEC Community Service Team in each of the past two seasons.