Mercury Select Sequoia Holmes in Dispersal Draft

By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: Dec. 8, 2008

What began as a misfortune for one WNBA franchise became the gain of the Phoenix Mercury and many other franchises this Monday. When the Houston Comets officially dissolved their organization last Monday, their players became available to be selected through a league-wide dispersal draft that was held earlier today.

The Mercury, who picked fifth in the draft, chose guard/forward Sequoia Holmes. Holmes, who was a rookie last season, averaged 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 11.9 minutes a game during her inaugural year. The 6-1, 155-pound UNLV graduate will hopefully add depth to an already very strong group of wing players.

Were excited to have her and we feel that shes a different kind of player than Diana (Taurasi) and Cappie (Pondexter) out on the wings, Mercury General Manager Ann Meyers-Drysdale. Shes a slasher that ran track and played volleyball in high school, so we know shes versatile athletically.

"I did talk to her and shes looking forward to having the opportunity to compete against Diana and Cappie in practice and hopefully be on a team that brings a championship back to Phoenix.

With cap space being a concern and a solid core already returning from last season, the objective of the draft was not to overhaul the team, but rather enhance it. With Holmes, Phoenix will bring in another young player into training camp that will hopefully challenge the veterans and possibly earn a roster spot. Currently, the former Running Rebel is playing without a guaranteed contract.

I talked to her coach, Karleen (former Comets Head Coach Karleen Thompson), and she said that she was definitely a heady player, a defensive-minded player and someone who got better and better with every minute that she played in the WNBA, Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines said.

At UNLV, Holmes averaged 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game during her senior season and was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.