Mystics C Shakira Austin has surgery on torn labrum in left hip

Michael Voepel, ESPN.comDec 1, 2023, 04:22 PM ET

CloseMichael Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

Washington Mystics center Shakira Austin has undergone surgery to repair a labrum tear in her left hip, the team announced Friday.

The Mystics said Austin’s recovery is expected to be four to six months, so it is uncertain whether she’ll be available for the start of the 2024 season in May.

The 6-foot-5 Austin was the No. 3 draft pick in 2022 out of Ole Miss, where she transferred after starting her college career at Maryland. She averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2022 and was named to the WNBA’s all-rookie first team.

This past season, she averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, but was limited to 19 games because of injury.

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