The Dallas Wings waived forward Megan Gustafson and guard Kennedy Burke on Wednesday and moved Moriah Jefferson to the temporarily suspended list.
Gustafson, a four-year starter from Iowa, was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft. Through the preseason, she averaged 2.6 points and 3.0 rebounds a game.
Last season, Gustafson won the Naismith Award and was named AP and ESPN’s player of the year. She was just the fourth player in women’s college basketball history to record 1,000 points in a single season, finishing with 1,001.
Megan Gustafson was the Wings 17th pick in the second round of this year’s draft. Last season at Iowa, Gustafson led the nation in scoring last season, averaging 27.9 points on 70 percent shooting and 13.5 rebounds per game last season and was named the AP Player of the Year. After the Wings drafted her in April, Wings President and GM Greg Bibb called picking her in the second round a “steal.”
Burke led the Wings in scoring with 31 points across three preseason games. The Wings selected the guard from UCLA with the 22nd pick in the WNBA draft.
Earlier Wednesday in the WNBA’s annual GM poll, Burke was selected as the third most likely sleeper rookie to be successful in 2019.
“Extremely difficult. I’ve been doing this a long time and probably two of the harder decisions to make at this stage of training camp,” Bibb said to The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. “I have no doubt both will play in the WNBA at some point. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”
With Gustafson, Bibb said he and head coach Brian Agler decided the team was best served going with more experienced post players. The pair of trades netted them Isabelle Harrison and Imani McGee-Stafford, who filled those roles
Meanwhile, former Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty-Williams made the team after an impressive 14-point preseason finale on Sunday. The 5-foot-4 McCarty-Williams was signed by the Wings in February to compete for a roster spot. She was already familiar with Agler as she spent training camp with his Los Angeles Sparks prior to the 2018 season, but didn’t make the team.
“Brooke played her butt off and earned her spot,” Bibb said. “I just called her and asked her if she was free to take a flight to Atlanta tomorrow morning and she was.”