The team pads its training camp roster with rookie free-agent centers Emily Potter and Khaalia Hillsman.

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The Storm bolstered its front line and training camp roster with the addition of rookie free-agent centers Emily Potter and Khaalia Hillsman.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity with the Storm,” Potter said in a statement released by the team. “I’m feeling very thankful right now that I get to try out for the Storm and play with and meet amazing women. I can’t wait to learn new things from the coaching staff and just have fun doing what I love.”

Potter, a 6-foot-6 native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, averaged 12.1 points and 7.3 rebounds last season at Utah. The record-breaking defensive stopper ranks first in school history in single-season (89) and career blocks (215). She’s the first player in Utes women’s basketball history to finish with at least 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks.

Hillsman, a 6-5 center, averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds and totaled a career-best 48 blocks last season at Texas A&M, which finished 26-10 in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. She capped her collegiate career ranked ninth among Aggies in all-time points (1,406), fourth in rebounds (842) and third in blocks (141).

Potter and Hillsman bring the number of players on the Storm’s training roster to 16. WNBA teams are allowed 15 players in camp at any given time, however a few Seattle players are expected to miss the start of training camp while playing overseas.

Teams are allowed a maximum of 12 players when rosters are set before the May 17 deadline.