Seattle University G Breanna Salley is closer to playing organized basketball, again, signing a training camp roster with the Storm on Monday. Salley played one season for the Redhawks before being suspended the past two by the NCAA.
A 5-foot-11 slasher with good defensive capabilities, Salley had to try out for WNBA coaches at two mini-camps arranged by agents at the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis in April. She sprained her left ankle on Saturday, which caused a slow start on Sunday, but did enough during the pick-up game-styled camp to turn heads. Afterward, Salley said she went around to meet as many people as possible, including the Storm.
Seattle returns majority of its roster, so making the final cut won’t be easy. Yet, the defending champion Storm is looking for versatile players to provide depth on the bench. Salley said a training camp invite could help her nab an overseas contract and return even better for 2012 if this summer isn’t successful.
“I’m super excited,” she said on Thursday. “And practices fit with my class schedule, so I can stay on track.”
Salley will join Duke G Jasmine Thomas, the 12th overall pick, Arizona F Ify Ibekwe (second round), and Duke C Krystal Thomas (third round, no relation) as Seattle’s college rookies. The Duke players may not arrive for the May 15 start date due to graduation also being held that day.
In the past, Agler has accommodated players’ wishes to walk with classmates. Jasmine Thomas mentioned catching a flight the same day to be on-time as possible for camp, however. Salley, meanwhile, doesn’t walk until June.
As for Hungarian F Tijana Krivacevic, who was drafted by Seattle in the third round of 2010’s draft, she isn’t expected to play this season due to national-team obligations. She is trying to help her country qualify for EuroBasket.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Breanna Salley defends Washington by Dean Rutz of The Seattle Times