Seattle Storm Draft Day Recap
Seattle Storm Acquires Crystal Langhorne via Trade, Selects Michelle Plouffe and Mikaela Ruef
April 14, 2014
SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm completed a trade with the Washington Mystics that moved the rights to the seventh overall draft pick, Bria Hartley, and second-year forward Tianna Hawkins to the Mystics in exchange for 6-2 Crystal Langhorne.
“Today has been very successful,” said head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “You want each draft to be productive, and the opportunity to acquire Crystal; it couldn’t have been better for us. She will fill a big hole for us. She is effective, productive and consistent - a proven player in the league.”
Langhorne, a 2011 All-Star reserve, was selected sixth overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. The Maryland graduate currently holds averages of 12.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 56% from the field for her career. Langhorne’s 2013 campaign saw her average a career-high 18.2 points per game.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity! Seattle has great fans and a great organization, coaches and players and I’m excited to be joining them,” said Langhorne. “I can’t wait to meet the Storm Crazies and to contribute to the team the best I can.”
The 6-4 Michelle Plouffe joins the Storm training camp after a strong senior season at Utah. She averaged 18.4 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. She was ranked second in the Pac-12 with 3.5 steals per game, and ended her career with 2,100 points and a school-record 1,115 rebounds, one of three Utes to finish their career with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
“I’m still in shock but just so excited,” said Plouffe. “I feel so blessed and it felt real when I got to talk to the coaches and staff and hear them say that I’m actually in, so I’m really excited.”
Mikaela Ruef will be the seventh graduate of Stanford to wear a Storm uniform. Katy Steding (2001), Sonja Henning (2000-02), Kate Paye (2002), Charmin Smith (2000-01) and Kate Starbird (2002), Joslyn Tinkle (2013-present) are the others.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to join the Storm,” said Ruef. “The team has a prestigious winning tradition and a strong fan base. Being drafted is a dream come true and I can’t stop smiling.”
Ruef enjoyed a career year in 2013-14, being named All-Pac-12 honorable mention while averaging career highs of 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds (fifth in the Pac-12) and 3.2 assists per game.
The Storm opens training camp on April 27 at Seattle Pacific University before hosting Los Angeles in a preseason game on May 11 at 1 p.m. The Sparks return to KeyArena for Opening Night on May 16 at 7 p.m. Season ticket packages including exclusive benefits are still available at StormBasketball.com or by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622).
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