Dallas– During the 2019 WNBA Draft, the Dallas Wings selected Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame) with the No. 5 pick, Megan Gustafson (Iowa) at pick No. 17, Kennedy Burke (UCLA) coming at No. 22 and Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis) at No. 29.
Each of these players could boost the Wings chances of making it to the postseason. Ogunbowale is a special player that can be a huge factor on both sides of the ball. She has very good feet and comes off her first step very quick. She defends pretty well and she has the maturity capability to understand when to take over a game and when to get her teammates involved.
“Arike Ogunbowale is one of the premier scorers in college basketball,” stated Dallas Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb. “She’s obviously a clutch shooter. She loves to have the ball in her hands when the game is on the line. She can also create her own shot and she’s exceptional in transition. We’ve had a pretty good track record with Notre Dame guards, so I’m excited. I think she’s going to do really well for us.”
Megan Gustafson was a huge steal that Dallas picked up because now they have a threat that consistently can shoot lights out. “To get a player of Megan Gustafson’s talent at No. 17 is a steal. You’re talking about a player who led Division I Women’s Basketball in scoring and field goal percentage this season,” Bibb said. “She has great hands, plays angles well and is a fierce competitor. I think she’s going to come into camp and show well. I am beyond thrilled that she was available for us at No. 17.”
Kennedy Burke is a dynamic player that dominated both ends on the floor. During her career, she had 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks. She does the little things that you do not really see on paper and that is what caught the eyes of the Wings.
“I had the opportunity to watch a lot of Kennedy Burke’s games this year,” Bibb said. “I was impressed by how she led her team and helped UCLA improve significantly during the year. She is a player who does all of the little things and brings a well-rounded game to our training camp.”
Morgan Bertsch is a competitor. She was the nations’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging around 23 points per game. She is very methodically on how she attacks. She can finish with both hands, shoot the three at a high percentage, and wants the ball in her hands at critical moments in the game.
“Morgan Bertsch was a top-five scorer in the NCAA this season,” Bibb stated. “She is a four-player with tremendous offensive skill and excellent range. Her length and size will translate well in the WNBA and I’m eager to see her compete in camp.”
Coming into the new season, the Dallas Wings drastically improved their backcourt.