The Storm is moving quickly toward its final 11-player roster for the 2011 season. After making two cuts yesterday, Head Coach Brian Agler said after Tuesday’s practice that he anticipates making another round of cuts after Friday’s session.
“I don’t know if we’ll be quite at 11,” said Agler, “but we’ll be close to that.”
“There’s two things we’re trying to do in training camp,” Agler explained. “We have to evaluate new players and we have to get ready for the season with our veterans. Only having a few days left, we have to focus on our players who are going to play in games.”
To prepare for those decisions, Agler plans to integrate young players with veterans a bit more the next two days in practice after the team takes Wednesday off. That will give a better chance to see which of the newcomers might complement the skills of the Storm’s core group. There are a variety of different players in camp, and Agler feels the versatility of the team’s veterans offers the flexibility to pick the last couple of players on the roster from any number of positions.
The overall focus is, he said, “Just gauging what’s the best fit for our team. Keeping a focus on our core group and seeing what’s a good balance and a good fit.”
That player may even not be on the roster right now, as the Storm will keep an eye on the coaching staff as other teams begin to cut down, primarily during the last week of training camp.
“I think all possibilities are still open,” said Agler. “This is one of those training camps where we like our group but we’re also going to be watching what happens with other teams.”
- Storm color analyst Adia Barnes, a fixture at Storm practices, was joined Tuesday by fellow University of Washington Assistant Coach Mike Neighbors.