Forward Steffanie Blackmon, drafted in the third round this month by the Storm after being a projected as a first-rounder, was cut yesterday...
Forward Steffanie Blackmon, drafted in the third round this month by the Storm after being a projected as a first-rounder, was cut yesterday after just two days in training camp. The turnaround is odd considering Blackmon was at the pinnacle of her college career earlier this month, celebrating the NCAA championship with Baylor.
Blackmon, 22, was the Bears’ second-leading scorer (15.4) but was overshadowed by teammate Sophia Young. She slipped further into the background in camp with the Storm, hampered by her smaller stature — listed at 6 feet 2, she appears a couple inches shorter — and inexperience.
Cutting Blackmon means the Storm has high expectations for returnee Adia Barnes, scheduled to arrive this weekend from play in Turkey. Barnes, 28, played last season behind starter Sheri Sam and reserve Alicia Thompson at small forward as she rebounded from a torn ACL. Barnes started on coach Anne Donovan’s 2003 team before sustaining the injury. A seven-year veteran, she has averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
The Storm also is expecting guard Michelle Greco to report from play in Italy. The additions will bring the roster to the required 15 players by Tuesday. Final rosters — 11 active players and a maximum of two on the injured list — are due May 20.