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Megan Gustafson

School

University of Iowa

Position
Center
Major
Finance/Marketing

Classroom

Megan Gustafson is majoring in finance and marketing with a minor in psychology. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18.

Character

While her athletic accomplishments speak for themselves, it’s Gustafson’s character that has made her a beloved member of the Iowa City community. After each game, Gustafson spends hours taking pictures with fans to ensure everyone who asks for one is taken care of. Gustafson is also a valued teammate who doesn’t let her athletic accomplishments affect her. She is well-respected for the way she quickly deflects all praise to her teammates and coaches.

Community

Gustafson is an active member of the Iowa City community, volunteering weekly with various elementary schools as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. She also makes frequent visits to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Iowa City’s Ronald McDonald House. Each year, Gustafson volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build a house for a local family in need.

Last season, Gustafson built a friendship with a young cancer patient at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital after being introduced at the Ronald McDonald House. Gustafson went above and beyond to ensure Harper’s spirits were up during all of her visits for treatment in Iowa City.

Competition

The 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year, Gustafson was a consensus All-American last season: Sports Illustrated (first team), the Associated Press (second team), USBWA (second team), College Sports Madness (second team), USA Today (second team), ESPNW (third team) and WBCA (honorable mention).

Gustafson led the NCAA in points per game (25.7), field goal percentage (67.1) and field goals made (320) last season. She became one of only two NCAA women’s basketball players in the last 10 years to average 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds. In 2017-18, Gustafson set a Big Ten record, winning the conference’s player of the week award nine times. She also set Iowa’s single-season record for points, rebounds, field goals made, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and double-doubles. Her 55 career double-doubles are the most recorded by any Hawkeye, man or woman.

A native of Port Wing, Wisconsin, Gustafson enters her senior season with 1,803 career points and 979 rebounds, putting her in position to become the seventh Big Ten student-athlete to register 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Gustafson is also in position to break Iowa’s all-time career scoring and rebounding marks.

*All stats as of nomination time.