New coach Jenny Boucek has 14 players vying for 12 roster spots, including former UW star Jazmine Davis.

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The loudest voice in the Storm practice gym is still Jenny Boucek.

Now that she’s the head coach and not an assistant, however, she’s shouting out different nuances like “cleansing,” “snaking” and “hashtag out-of-bounds” to put her own signature on the team.

Boucek, who replaced Brian Agler, opened her first training camp on Sunday with 14 players vying for 12 spots on the Storm’s regular-season roster.

Former Washington star Jazmine Davis was among the players on the practice court at Seattle Pacific University. The four-time all-Pac-12 player is an undrafted camp invitee.

“It’s new terminology, definitely something I need to study off the court so I can get a better feel for it, which is something I’ll be doing for the first time in my career,” said Davis, who averaged 15.9 points per game in leading UW to a NCAA tournament berth as a senior.

“It was different than what I was expecting it to be,” Davis said of practice. “It was just rookie thoughts and they (veterans) kind of calmed me down. It was a good point-guard day for me.”

Boucek emphasized learning and welcomed mistakes as she ran the team through drills and some live games against the male practice squad.

Davis had a nice dump pass to guard Jewell Loyd in the paint. Loyd, the No. 1 overall pick from April’s draft, easily scored.

Later, Boucek walked up to Davis after a scrimmage with a simple, “You know what you did, right?” The guard lapsed on time-and-score, shooting when her team should have run out the clock.

“That’s a freshman mistake,” Davis said later with a chuckle.

The Storm has five players returning from the 2014 roster that finished 12-22 overall. But only four players in camp have five or more years of experience playing in the WNBA.

Of the veterans, Boucek said trade pickup Renee Montgomery stood out for her leadership and quickness in learning the new system. Montgomery, a 5-foot-7 guard, won the WNBA’s 2012 Sixth Woman of the Year award and averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists per game as a reserve for the Connecticut Sun last season.

“I want them to not really focus on themselves, but to focus on each other,” Boucek said. “That’s a hard thing to do, especially when you’re young. But we’re trying to do that early. (And) I don’t want them focused on performance. There’s going to be a time (for that), but right now it’s really just being uncomfortable and having a good attitude to escalate our process.”

Storm captain Sue Bird said there’s some new tweaks for her, too. She’s entering her 14th season with the franchise and playing for her fourth coach. But Boucek was key in developing Bird she was on staff from 2003-05 and under Agler the past five seasons.

“You can tell right away that Jenny is very thought out,” Bird said.

“She knows exactly what she wants this team to be and what she wants it to look like with also this kind of wiggle room for us to figure our own identity out.”


• Storm returnee Waltiea Rolle was the only player missing at practice on Sunday. The 6-foot-6 center is from the Bahamas and processing for her visa is taking longer than expected, according to a team spokeswoman.