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Shakira Austin

As of Aug. 15, 2022

USA Basketball Notes

  • Invited to attend 2022 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp from Sept. 6-12 in Las Vegas.
  • Scheduled to participate in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials, but was sick an unable to attend.
  • Participated in the 2018 USA U18 National Team trials.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: Selected No. 3 overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics on April 11, 2022.
  • Appeared in 36 games (22 starts) during rookie season with the Washington Mystics in 2022 and carried averages of 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. 

College Honors

  • AP All-American Honorable Mention (2022)
  • Gillom Trophy Winner (2021, 2022) - the best women's basketball player in the state of Mississippi
  • All-SEC First Team (2021, 2022)
  • All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention (2019, media)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2019, coaches)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019, coaches)
  • Five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2018-19.
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Week (1/15/19).

College Notes

  • Finished college career are University of Mississippi (2020-22), started of 58 of 59 games with the Rebels. 
  • Played for University of Maryland (2018-20) for freshman and sophomore season. Appeared in a total of 66 games with Maryland, helping them win two Big Ten regular season championships. 
  • Holds the Maryland single-season blocks record with 89 (2018-19).

High School Honors

  • USA Today All-USA second team (2018).
  • WBCA High School All-American (2018).
  • Naismith All-America third team (2018).
  • McDonald’s All-American (2018).
  • Jordan Brand Classic All-Star (2018) and was MVP of her team after securing 18 points and 14 rebounds.
  • USA Today All-Virginia Player of the Year and All-Virginia first team (2018).
  • The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star Player of the Year (2017).

High School Notes

  • Attended Riverdale Baptist High School in Virginia.
  • As a senior in 2017-18, averaged 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks to help her team to a 22-5 record.
  • Transferred to Riverdale Baptist prior to her senior year from Colonial Forge High School (Va.), where she played as a sophomore and junior. Played her freshman season at James Monroe High School (Va.).
  • Averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds as a junior, blocked 88 shots and led Colonial Forge to the 2017 Virginia Class 6A state title.

Personal Notes

  • Resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • Daughter of David Austin and Jessica King, is the oldest of six children.
  • Has an uncle who played at University of Oregon and professionally overseas.
  • Loves Elena Delle Donne’s and Kevin Durant's games.
  • Would love to one day travel the world and taste food on her own TV show.
  • Majoring in communications.

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