The former Mount Rainier High standout signed a free-agent deal with the Storm.

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Brittany McPhee, a former Seattle-area high-school basketball star and Stanford Cardinal standout, signed a free-agent deal with the Storm.

McPhee is one of 15 players on Seattle’s training camp roster. WNBA teams are allowed 12 players at the start of the season.

“Growing up in Normandy Park, Wash., the Seattle Storm was a big part of why I grew to love basketball,” McPhee said in a statement released by the team. “They were the championship franchise in Seattle winning in 2004 and 2010. Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson and all the other great players were perfect role models to see how women can succeed and achieve their goals in sports.

“I am very thankful and honored for the opportunity to continue my basketball career with the Storm and can’t wait to get started!”

McPhee, a 6-foot guard, is one of six Storm newcomers, including first-round draft pick Jordin Canada and third-round pick Teana Muldrow who were selected in last week’s WNBA draft. Seattle also traded for forward Natasha Howard and signed center Courtney Paris and forward Aleksandra Crvendakic.

It would seem as if McPhee, 22, will compete against 11-year veteran Noelle Quinn and Sami Whitcomb and Alexis Peterson – a pair of Storm rookies last season – for a roster spot. Starters Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd as well as Canada – the other guards on the team – figure prominently in the Storm’s immediate plans.

McPhee may also challenge veteran 5-11 forward Alysha Clark and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for minutes considering they could miss a substantial portion of the preseason while playing overseas. Peterson, Paris and Crvendakic may also be overseas when Storm training camp begins April 29.

Seattle plays two exhibition games against Phoenix (May 8 and May 12) before the final rosters are set on May 17. The Storm’s season opener is May 20 at home, also against Phoenix.

McPhee, a record-breaking scorer at Mount Rainier High, ranks second in Washington state history in career points (2,815). She was a three-time Washington Gatorade Player of the Year, two-time Class 4A tournament MVP and led Mount Rainier to the state tournament title game in 2014, the same year she was a Parade Magazine All-American.

At Stanford, McPhee averaged 15 points during her final two years as a starter when she was voted first-team All-Pac-12. During the 2017-18 season, she averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists while leading the Cardinal to a 24-11 record and the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.

McPhee tallied a career high 33 points (highlights below) and was voted third-team All-America by USA Today.