Almost one month after cutting college basketball's AP Player of the Year from last season, the Dallas Wings announced they have signed center Megan Gustafson to a new deal on Thursday.
Gustafson, a Port Wing native and South Shore School graduate, was the Wings' 17th pick in the second round of this year's draft. Last season at Iowa, Gustafson led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.9 points on 70 percent shooting and averaged 13.5 rebounds per game. After the Wings drafted her in April, Wings President and GM Greg Bibb called picking her in the second round a "steal."
The Wings were granted the opportunity to bring Gustafson back because of multiple factors affecting their 12-player roster .Veteran guard Tayler Hill will undergo knee surgery and will be out indefinitely and Glory Johnson will leave the Wings for Eurobasket to compete with Montenegro after their game against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. The Wings already have been without guards Skylar Diggins-Smith and Moriah Jefferson since the beginning of the season and rookie guard Arike Ogunbowale is banged up.
"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to further pursue my dream of playing in the WNBA," Gustafson said in the team release. "I have learned that nothing in this life is guaranteed, but I will take full advantage of this second opportunity with the Dallas Wings whether it is for one day, one week, or 10 years."
Bibb said Gustafson could be in uniform for the Wings' Saturday game against the Atlanta Dream.