Stewart anticipates a long and prosperous relationship with the Storm, but the No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick knows you only get one chance to make a first impression.

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All eyes were on the rookie, but then that’s really nothing new for Breanna Stewart, who has been the best basketball player in virtually every game she’s played the past four years.

Still, Sunday was a little different.

This was her first preseason training camp practice with her new team, new teammates and a new coach.

Stewart anticipates a long and prosperous relationship with the Storm, but the No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick knows you only get one chance to make a first impression.

“The biggest thing that any person wants to show their new teammates is that you work extremely hard no matter what happens skill-wise,” Stewart said.

“That mentality of working hard and giving it your best effort and enjoying being here.”

The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder is listed as a center, but she often played on the wing in a lineup that included veteran forwards Crystal Langhorne and Abby Bishop and guards Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird.

During the final 5-on-5 scrimmage, Loyd, last year’s Rookie of the Year, was dynamic on both ends of the floor while Bird, the 35-year-old veteran, ran the offense.

“She’s in as good a shape or better than anybody we have in camp at her stage,” second-year coach Jenny Boucek said about Bird.

“We had a lot of good first days.

Boucek singled out Langhorne and said she “looked exceptional.”

Loyd also drew praise.

But most courtside visitors who sat on metal seats on the sidelines of the Seattle Pacific practice court were there to see Stewart.

When she raced down a rebound and passed to an open teammate for a layup, a spectator groaned: “Just shoot it.”

Any signs of an instant connection between Stewart and Loyd weren’t apparent in their first practice, but that’s not to say the former adversaries don’t understand the importance of building a rapport.

“It’s huge to have that opportunity to play with Jewel,” said Stewart, the former Connecticut star.

“We played against each other a lot. She’s a great player. I want our chemistry to be as good as it possibly can because we’re going to be playing with each other for a while.”

Loyd, a Notre Dame standout, added: “I know Stewie. She plays at a very high level. She comes from one of the best programs in the country. She knows the game really well. So we expected her to come in here and have a high basketball IQ. But she’s very versatile. She brings a lot of different aspects to the floor.”

Sunday’s practice ended with Stewart using her 7-foot-1 wingspan to steal a pass at the top of the key before racing to the other end for a layup.

“The one thing I knew that was going to translate without a doubt was her defense and you saw that immediately,” Bird said. “She’s just so long.”

“She’s able to get her hands on so many balls. She blocked a bunch of shots. And people aren’t used to her, which is a good thing. She’s going to be able to create a lot of havoc on the defensive end.”


•The Storm is still waiting on second-year forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, guards Angel Goodrich and Jenna O’Hea and center Quanitra Hollingsworth to conclude commitments with teams overseas and report to preseason training camp.

• Seattle waived Nneka Enemkapali after she didn’t clear physicals.

The 6-1 forward was taken in the third round (26th overall) in the 2015 draft.

She sat out last season while recovering from a knee injury that occurred during her senior season at Texas.