Utah’s Emily Potter is getting her shot at the WNBA. The Utah standout has been signed to a training camp contract with the Seattle Storm.
Utah head coach Lynne Roberts had nothing but praise for Potter when the decision was announced Wednesday.
”We are so proud of Emily,” Roberts said. “The Seattle Storm is a fantastic organization and it is an honor to have a player be a part of that. She has WNBA potential and this is the first step. We are excited for her to have this opportunity.”
Training camp starts on April 29 and the final roster will be set on May 17.
Potter says she’s “excited” and “thankful” for the opportunity.
Super excited to head to Seattle next week for training camp! Been dreaming about this for a while... and l am celebrating today by taking a nap.— emily potter (@empotter10) April 18, 2018
”I think that I am mobile for my size and can get up and down the floor for someone that is 6-6,” she went on to say. “I protect the paint and then offensively, the best thing I do on the court is try to score. I am excited to get the chance to showcase what I can do.”
The transition to the top won’t be that lonely. Potter will be joined by some familiar faces. Jordin Canada from UCLA was drafted by the Storm and Brittany McPhee of Stanford also received an invitation to camp.
”It will be cool to get to know them,” Potter said. “I’ve been playing against them for four years, so I kind of know their game. I think it will be fun to play with them.”
Here’s more about Potter from UtahUtes.com:
Potter is coming off her collegiate career where she cemented herself in the Utah and Pac-12 record books. This past season she broke the Utah record for career blocks (270) and moved up to fifth all-time in Pac-12 history.
She leaves Utah ranking 11th in career scoring (1,635), fifth in total rebounds (1,037), fourth in offensive rebounds (313) and second in defensive rebounds (724). The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native also became the first player in Ute women’s basketball history to have 1,500+ points, 900+ rebounds and 200+ blocks in a career.
The three-time All-Pac-12 selection finished her senior season in 2017-18 ranked in the top-10 in the conference in field goal percentage (5th), blocks per game (3rd) and total rebounds per game (9th). She was second on the team in scoring, hitting double digits in 22 of Utah’s 32 games.
Potter was also active off the court during her time at Utah, earning Pac-12 All-Academic three straight seasons and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team as a senior. She already has a degree in marketing and is currently wrapping up her degree in journalism this spring.