ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia Tech’s 2022 WNBA Draft Pick, Lorela Cubaj has signed a training camp contract with the Atlanta Dream, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Cubaj was drafted in the second round (No. 18 overall pick) of the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, and was acquired by the New York Liberty via trade, to become the ninth overall Yellow Jacket selected in the WNBA Draft in program history. Cubaj played in 11 games with the Liberty, averaging 8.0 minutes and 2.1 rebounds per game. She will return to Atlanta after playing with Umana Reyer Venezia this season.
Cubaj finished a storied collegiate career helping Georgia Tech to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2021 and 2022, including the program’s second-ever run to the Sweet 16 in 2021. The Terni, Italy, native was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022), all-ACC first team selection and all-defensive team honoree. Cubaj was named the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Women’s College Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022, and was a two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention. The standout was also one of four finalists for the 2022 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Yellow Jacket standout finished her collegiate career with 1,293 career points and 1,265 career rebounds to become the program’s all-time leading rebounder. She started 149 games and appeared in 153 (a program best), while averaging a double-double her final two seasons.
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