It is time for the last update on our line-up for the 2020/2021 season! Megan Gustafson, the best player in the NCAA 2019, will play in Gorzów! The American basketball player playing in the position of a power forward or a center spent the previous season in the Hungarian league. Playing in the colors of NKE-Csata DSE Budapest, she scored the average of 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Playing for Iowa Hawkeyes in the NCAA, Megan Gustafson received a number of awards. In 2019, she won the final Big Ten Conference Basketball Tournament. She was also named the tournament's MVP. In the same season, she was named NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year by ESPNW, Associated Press and USBWA. With the average of 27.8 points, she was the NCAA's leader. She also was the most effective player in the entire league (69.6 percent) and received the Naismith Award for the best college basketball player in the USA. After that season, she was selected by Dallas Wings with the No. 17 draft pick. During her first season, she played 25 games with the average of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds.
“Thanks to the extension of the partnership with PolskaStrefaInwestycji Enea Gorzów Wlkp. and our titular sponsor, we were able to register the team for the EuroCup games and sign a contract with another foreign player. More details of our cooperation will be announced soon. Megan is the last missing link in our line-up. She is a player with great offensive capabilities and also a very good defender. She is very brave in the basket zone on both backboards. She is able to play very well when facing the basket and with her back to the basket. She is a utility player. When Megan was named NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year last season, I did not think that we would have the pleasure of working with her in Gorzów in the second year of her professional career. I believe that she will be a very strong link in our new team. Together with Cheridene Green and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk, they will be the most powerful players in the basket zone of the whole league,” said coach Dariusz Maciejewski.
Both Kathleen Doyle and Megan Gustafson will fight for the Big Ten Conference Basketball Tournament Championships in the USA. In the upcoming season, they will determine the strength of the AZS AJP Gorzów club. Was the teamwork of these players an important element in the negotiations?
“When selecting foreign players for our line-up for the upcoming season we were looking for young, ambitious, brave players with a great set of basketball skills. We cannot afford stars like Copper or Thomas when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our club. We were looking for somebody to take the position of the center and a typical “combo” for the positions 2/1/3. We found the players we needed. To Kathleen and Megan’s advantage, they played at the same university for three years. The players wanted to play together in a strong European club so that made the negotiations even easier. In the NCAA, they played almost 100 games together. This will certainly allow them to adjust faster to our team. I would like to thank the manager and the players for their patience and trust. We always sign only realistic contracts. That is why we raise funds for the budget first, and then we sign contracts.”
What made Gustafson choose Gorzów?
“This is going to be my second season in Europe and I am looking forward to it. This is a solid club that fights for medals in a strong league and plays in EuroCup games. I want to develop as a player and I can only do that in a good club. I know that I will have possibility to play with my friend Kathleen Doyle. I can't wait to play in one team again and, like in the NCAA, strive for the highest goals. I have heard a lot about the club and I am happy to play for AZS," said Megan Gustafson.
WNBA starts on Saturday and our new basketball player will play for Dallas Wings. Gustafson has worked hard during the preparatory period and she is looking forward to a successful season.“I also worked on my skills as a peripheral player, especially shooting for three points. I can't wait for the season to start so I will introduce this new element to my game,” finished Gustafson.
AZS AJP GORZÓW 2020/2021
Katarzyna Dźwigalska (point guard)
Karolina Matkowska (shooting guard)
Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (power forward)
Wiktoria Kuczyńska (point guard)
Dominika Owczarzak (point guard)
Paula Duchnowska (shooting guard)
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (small forward)
Aleksandra Kuczyńska (point guard)
Borislava Hristova (small forward/power forward)
Cheridene Green (center)
Kathleen Doyle (point guard/shooting guard)
Megan Gustafson (power forward/center)