MACON, Ga. – Mercer standout senior Will Bagrou was selected by Sporting Kansas City in the fourth round with the No. 75th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Sunday afternoon. Bagrou's selection marks the first time in school history that a men's soccer player has been drafted in the SuperDraft.
Bagrou joins four former Bears who are currently playing professional soccer: Carl-Oscar Andersson (New York Cosmos), Vicente Arze (Club Aurora), Richard Perdomo (Club Deportivo Platense) and Greg Ranjitsingh (Louisville City FC).
"For Will to be drafted is a testament to his hard work and determination to get better every day," stated Mercer Head Coach Brad Ruzzo. "The most important trait that Will has is his will to win and competitiveness above any individual accomplishment he has earned.
"This is certainly a special day for Will, our program, and Mercer University. He certainly deserves this opportunity as he will go down as one of the best attacking players in Southern Conference and Mercer Soccer history. He has all the physical tools along with the mental tools to succeed at this level and I can't wait to follow his professional career."
Bagrou is also the first Bear to have received an invite to compete in the MLS Combine. While in Orlando last week, Bagrou posted two top-10 results in the individual testing; he ran the 30-meter dash in 3.93 seconds to place fourth overall, while later placing 10th in the vertical jump with a height of 29.5 inches.
Bagrou, a Utah native who moved to Dacula toward the end of his high school career, left a legacy at Mercer and will depart from Macon as one of the most decorative student-athletes in school history. The forward is a three-time All-South Region honoree, 2017 SoCon Male Athlete of the Year, four-time All-Southern Conference First Team honoree and two-time All-SoCon Tournament Team member. The Georgia native was named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and the SoCon Player of the Year during the 2016 season, while being tabbed to the NSCAA All-America Second Team.
Bagrou ended his collegiate career ranked third in program history in goals scored (37), third in career points (90) and fifth in career assists (16). Bagrou ranks among the best in SoCon history, as his 37 goals places him 16th all-time and his 90 points ranks 19th in league history.
Sporting KC finished the 2017 season with a 12-9-13 overall record, earning the fifth seed in the MLS Western Conference and a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Sporting KC fell to Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round, 1-0. Bagrou is set to join the club for preseason training, which begins Monday, Jan. 22 in Scottsdale, Ariz.