Naismith Award-Winner Megan Gustafson To Play in TBT 2019

Discussion in 'Iowa Women's Basketball' started by RobHowe, May 28, 2019.

  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Former Hawkeye standout joins Iowa United:

  2. 1hawkeye1

    1hawkeye1 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what to make of this... I mean it's just a gimmick, right?
  3. Hawknigh

    Hawknigh Well-Known Member

    Gimmick for TBT? Or gimmick for Megan? Or both? It will certainly help her keep a higher profile. I could see her being picked up by a WNBA team before TBT happens.
  4. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    I'm not sure what to make of this tournament. It's for a good cause (veterans), but it's a winner take all and I question the interest level.

    Here's the Iowa team, BTW. It's coached by Jeff Horner.

  5. ImInTheSouth

    ImInTheSouth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, so the top '$upporter$' of the team get a share of the winnings (should they win the tourney, of course). But also, a team has to have enough '$upport' to be eligible for the tournament.

    So on one hand the team organizers need to generate interest in Iowa United so people will invest and get them into the tournament but on the other hand does the idea of Megan(as great as she is) logging actual minutes for this team against men inspire one to fork over cash with the hopes they could win? Balancing act I suppose...
  6. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    Interesting group of former Hawks. Nicholas Baer, Peter Jok (Horner is Pete's HS coach), and Cyrus Tate (there's a name I haven't heard in quite some time).
  7. ModebaSan

    ModebaSan Well-Known Member

    I think this will be good publicity for the Women’s basketball team. Who knows, maybe it could inspire some future high-level female recruits to come to Iowa. Plus it’s groundbreaking that a girl plays in a male dominated tourney. May be good for ticket sales too. Can you imagine how a video would go viral if Megan would actually outplay a male player? This is win-win situation for Megan and Iowa Women’s basketball.
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  8. phdsvp

    phdsvp Well-Known Member

    It's a win-win unless she gets on the court and gets her brains kicked in.
  9. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    Which is why I think it’s a bad idea. An above average boys HS team would destroy the WNBA champs by 50 pts. She’s great in the women’s game but this will be brutal unfortunately. After getting cut I don’t see her going out on a court and getting slaughtered as a good thing for her future. Even with the publicity.
  10. ModebaSan

    ModebaSan Well-Known Member

    I highly doubt she will be playing the center position, they may bring her off the bench to play the 2 or 3 spot. Its more about publicity than anything else. Whether or not she outplays a male player or not is really a mute point, but if she did, it would be newsworthy and embarrassing to the young man she played against. Again, newsworthy. Any publicity is good publicity.
  11. phdsvp

    phdsvp Well-Known Member

    I keep reading that this is one of the biggest non-NBA pro tournaments available in this country. So many other schools have teams that are trying to win the whole thing. Is the Iowa team trying to win or trying to get publicity?
  12. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

  13. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member