After previewing the Storm’s training camp on Sunday, Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times wrote about Seattle native Jacqua Williams appearing in camp for the front page of today’s sports section.
She says an epiphany on her 25th birthday in January landed her in the Storm’s training camp, which opened Sunday. The first step was a pro combine after about a year away from sports.
About 67 people attended the combine organized by Merit Management, which represents Williams. To date, 39 players have signed with a WNBA team. Williams caught the eye of Seattle’s coaching staff, co-owner Ginny Gilder and Karen Bryant, the president and CEO of the franchise.
The Columbian of Vancouver, Wash. wrote about local product Ashley Corral earning a training camp invitation from the Storm.
Corral had hoped to be selected in the WNBA’s draft last week. But she was told by her agent that if she was not picked, there would be teams willing to sign her as a free agent, giving her a chance to make a squad.
The Storm made contact with Corral’s representative “five minutes” after the draft, Corral said.
At SwishAppeal, Nate Parham looked at the playing styles of every Western Conference roster at the start of training camp, including the Storm’s group.
The draw for basketball groups at the London Olympics was held Monday, and the USA Women landed in Group A with China, Angola and three teams that will earn their spots via the 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in June. That means the May 12 exhibition between the USA and the China National Team at KeyArena will be a preview of a matchup in London. Australia got what appears to be the tougher draw, landing with Brazil and Russia in Group B.