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WNBA Draft 2019: Full list of selections and Megan Gustafson, Bridget Carleton analysis

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is in attendance for the WNBA Draft Wednesday night, where the start of her professional basketball career will be determined. (The Gazette)
Iowa's Megan Gustafson is in attendance for the WNBA Draft Wednesday night, where the start of her professional basketball career will be determined. (The Gazette)

The 2019 WNBA Draft was Wednesday night at the Nike New York Headquarters, and the second round had a state of Iowa flavor.

Both Iowa’s Megan Gustafson and Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton learned their first professional destinations after All-America senior seasons.

Megan Gustafson

Team: Dallas Wings (15-19 last year)

Round: 2

Pick: 17

Analysis: "Arguably the most relentless player in the country this season, not only in her rebounding ability but just in asking for the basketball. If she found an angle to score, she was probably, in my opinion, the most unstoppable force. It's been a long time since I've seen a post player with this level of mobility. Her face-up game, she has one as we saw as the season went on. I just think that she is the kind of player that's going to bring her lunch pail to work every day and make a difference on both ends of the floor." — LaChina Robinson, ESPN analyst

"Here's the good news for Megan Gustafson. She's not going to get double- and triple-teamed or quadruple-teamed when she gets to the WNBA. The bad news is that the amount of length that she's gonna see at the post position I think is gonna be an adjustment for her. Will not all the time be able to just catch, turn and score, which we saw so often at Iowa and she was able to do it either way. But this is a productive player and certain things translate. Rebounding does, she does that at a high level, and she's certainly efficient." — Kara Lawson, ESPN analyst

Complete coverage: Megan Gustafson goes to Dallas Wings in second round

 

Bridget Carleton

Team: Connecticut Sun (21-13 last year)

Round: 2

Pick: 21

Analysis: "She's a fighter. This was a player that we watched blossom as the year went on before she was named Big 12 player of the year. Has inside-outside skills, can shoot it from deep. She gets up and down the floor well and she will need that. The challenge will be on the defensive end, but she's another one of those players that has to figure out, can she handle well enough to play the '3' or is she tough and strong enough and big enough to play the '4' on the interior? That '3,' '4' is always a toughie when it comes to making a WNBA roster." — LaChina Robinson, ESPN analyst

Complete coverage: Bridget Carleton picked 21st overall by Connecticut Sun

 

WNBA Draft 2019

FIRST ROUND

1. Las Vegas Aces — Jackie Young, G (Notre Dame)

2. New York Liberty — Asia Durr, G (Louisville)

3. Indiana Fever — Teaira McCowan, C (Mississippi State)

4. Chicago Sky — Katie Lou Samuelson, G (Connecticut)

5. Dallas Wings — Arike Ogunbowale, G (Notre Dame)

6. Minnesota Lynx — Napheesa Collier, F (Connecticut)

7. Los Angeles Sparks — Kalani Brown, C (Baylor)

8. Phoenix Mercury — Alanna Smith, F (Stanford)

9. Connecticut Sun — Kristine Anigwe, C (California)

10. Washington Mystics — Kiara Leslie, G (North Carolina State)

11. Atlanta Dream, traded to Phoenix Mercury — Brianna Turner, F (Notre Dame)

12. Seattle Storm — Ezi Magbegor, F (Australia)

SECOND ROUND

13. Phoenix Mercury — Sophie Cunningham, G (Missouri)

14. New York Liberty — Han Xu, F (China)

15. Chicago Sky — Chloe Jackson, G (Baylor)

16. Minnesota Lynx — Jessica Shepard, F (Notre Dame)

17. Dallas Wings — Megan Gustafson, C (Iowa)

18. Minnesota Lynx, traded to Connecticut Sun — Natasha Hiedeman, G (Marquette)

19. Los Angeles Sparks — Marina Mabrey, G (Notre Dame)

20. Minnesota Lynx — Cierra Dillard, G (Buffalo)

21. Connecticut Sun — Bridget Carleton, G (Iowa State)

22. Dallas Wings — Kennedy Burke, G (UCLA)

23. Atlanta Dream — Maite Cazorla, G (Oregon)

24. Seattle Storm — Anriel Howard, F (Mississippi State)

THIRD ROUND

25. Indiana Fever — Paris Kea, G (North Carolina)

26. New York Liberty — Megan Huff, F (Utah)

27. Chicago Sky — Maria Conde, F (Spain) 

28. Indiana Fever — Caliya Robinson, F (Georgia)

29. Dallas Wings — Morgan Berstch, F (UC Davis)

30. Minnesota Lynx — Kenisha Bell, G (Minnesota)

31. Los Angeles Sparks — Angela Salvadores, G (Spain)

32. Phoenix Mercury — Arica Carter, G (Louisville)

33. Connecticut Sun — Regan Magarity, F (Virginia Tech)

34. Washington Mystics — Sam Fuehring, F (Louisville)

35. Atlanta Dream — Yueru Li, C (China)

36. Seattle Storm — Maci Morris, G (Kentucky)

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