It was just a few weeks ago when Iowa basketball fans were outraged by the news that Megan Gustafson had been cut. Now, she’s back with the Dallas Wings.
2019 National Player of the Year Megan Gustafson is no longer unemployed as she was picked back up by the Dallas Wings just four games into the season. Hopefully this time the Wings will realize what kind of incredibly talented player they have in arguably the greatest Iowa basketball player to ever play.
Since releasing Gustafson, the Wings haven’t exactly lit the world on fire. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.
Dallas is currently sitting in 6th place, better known as last in the Western Conference, with an 0-4 record. While their first two games were close ones, they’ve been blown out in their last two matchups by 15 and 24 respectively.
They’ve also been decimated by unfortunate injuries and timing. Guard Tayler Hill is having knee surgery and likely won’t play the rest of the season, 6’3” forward Glory Johnson is heading overseas to play European basketball for a bit (which if someone can explain to me how that actually works, that would be great), and Dallas’ 2019 first round pick Arike Ogunbowale is dealing with an ankle injury.
Although Gustafson didn’t get the opportunity she deserved the first time around, with three players hobbled with injuries and Dallas off to a porous start, this is her time to shine.
If she sticks around this time like we all hope she will and believe she should, it will mean the Iowa basketball player’s time in The Basketball Tournament with the Iowa United was over before it even began.
Dallas’ next game is tonight at 7 PM Central Standard Time against the 3-3 Indiana Fever, but given the quick turnaround in the signing, I doubt Gustafson will be suiting up in tonight’s game. Likely, her first game of regular season WNBA time will come in two nights when the Wings take on the Atlanta Dream.