The Storm has signed Spanish point guard Silvia Dominguez to a training camp contract, the team announced today. Here’s what Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler had to say about the newest addition to his team’s roster.
What do you like about Dominguez’s game?
I’ve watched Silvia play the last four seasons and I’ve seen her really mature as a player, number one. Number two, she’s played at the highest level that you can in the EuroLeague because she’s played in three of the last four European championships in the Final Four or the Final Eight and she’s been on the last two winning teams as their starting point guard. Last year, it was Salamanca and this year it was Valencia. She’s proven to be one of the top point guards in Europe and she’s a proven winner. She’s more of a floor general-type point guard, although she can score. She can make her teammates better and she’s a great competitor.
Does playing that kind of role help her transition to doing something similar in the WNBA?
I think that she’ll transition pretty well over here. She speaks good English. She understands. She knows a lot of the players on our team – she’s played with them and against them. I think that it’s sometimes taken for granted that a point guard is good because they have a lot of good players around them. Sometimes that task is tougher for a point guard to keep people happy and be that glue, that leader on the floor.
Since Dominguez will be arriving late to training camp, do you evaluate her as much based on what you’ve seen internationally as what you see in practice?
I anticipate her coming in about the middle of training camp. I think that she’ll have good enough time to really get ingrained in our system through training camp. Now, that being said, we have three games in the first 14 or 17 days. So there’s going to be a time where our team will be together on the practice floor early in the season where I anticipate we’ll make great strides.