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Naismith Award-Winner Megan Gustafson To Play in TBT 2019

May 28, 2019

Written by Athletic Communications

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BOSTON – The Basketball Tournament (TBT) announced today that 2019 College Basketball Player of the Year Megan Gustafson has committed to compete in TBT this summer as a member of Iowa United.

Gustafson, who starred at the University of Iowa from 2015-19, earned multiple national player honors after averaging 27.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game as a senior. The 22-year-old then was drafted by the Dallas Wings with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, but was stunningly cut before the regular season began.

Iowa United, a team composed of former players from Iowa, Iowa State and Drake, extended Gustafson the invitation to join the team in TBT as an opportunity to continue to showcase her talents on a national level.  She will be the first active women’s professional basketball player to compete in TBT.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to play in TBT for Iowa United,” Gustafson said. “I am still very much interested in the WNBA, and if I get picked up by a team, that will be my priority. But I want to make sure that I am training at a high level this summer and this is providing me with just that. I am thankful for the support I have received over this past week, and I look forward to representing the state of Iowa once again!”

Gustafson will join fellow Hawkeyes Nicholas Baer and Peter Jok on the roster. Former University of Iowa guard and Truman State head coach Jeff Horner will be serving as the team’s coach this summer.

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“We are ecstatic and honored to have this year’s College Player of the Year playing in TBT,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “It’s a milestone we never thought possible. Aside from being a phenomenal player, Megan is a tremendous inspiration, as she’s taking on the challenge of playing with and against the top male players in the world this summer. We’re lucky to have her.”

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Iowa United is applying to play in TBT’s Wichita Regional, which will take place at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas from July 25-28. AfterShocks, a Wichita State alumni team, and Purple & Black, a Kansas State alumni team, both already have been accepted to play in the Wichita Regional. Iowa United currently joins alumni teams from Kansas, Colorado and Marquette as applicants into the Wichita Regional.

TBT will unveil its entire 64-team bracket on June 11.

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For more information visit TheTournament.com.

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