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Meet the Storm’s 2006 Training-Camp Invitees

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The Storm has invited six players to training camp to vie for spots on the Storm's final roster. Storm.wnba.com takes a look at these newcomers to Seattle.

40 | Jordan Adams
Position: Forward-Center
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
College: New Mexico '03
Born: May 24, 1981

Drafted in the second round of the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx, Jordan Adams played in just 10 games as a rookie but had a big effort on July 23 against the Connecticut Sun. Adam posted career highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in that game, recording the first point-assist double-double by a Lynx player in 2003. At New Mexico, Adams started her career as Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year after leading the Lobos in scoring as a freshman at 11.3 points per game. She would go on to be a two-time All-MWC Second Team pick and a First team selection as a senior, when she averaged 16.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Born in Spokane, Adams finished her career as New Mexico's all-time leading shot-blocker, men's or women's. She is a versatile forward-center who is adept in the high post.

32 | Shaunzinski Gortman
Position: Guard-Forward
Height: 5-10
Weight: 158
College: South Carolina '02
Born: Dec. 7, 1979

Shaunzinski Gortman was actually drafted by Anne Donovan in 2002, but on paper only. The Charlotte Sting quickly dealt Gortman's rights to Minnesota as part of a three-player deal on Draft day. Gortman spent two seasons in Minnesota as a reserve, averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds as a rookie in her best WNBA season. Gortman played four games in Washington in 2004 before being waived by the Mystics last year during camp. At South Carolina, Gortman was an All-SEC First Team pick as a senior after averaging 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. She has spent the last two offseasons in Israel, averaging 16.4 points and 10.4 rebounds last season for Maccabi Ashdod. Gortman has good length and is a fine defender at either wing position.

5 | Tiffani Johnson
Position: Center
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
College: Tennessee '97
Born: Dec. 27, 1975

During five years in Houston, Tiffani Johnson became a WNBA fixture. After a six-game stint with Sacramento in 1998, Johnson returned to the league with the Comets in 2000. She would play 150 games there over five years, helping Houston to the 2000 WNBA Championship as the team's starting center. Individually, Johnson's best year was 2002, when she averaged career highs of 6.3 points, 5.4 rebounds nd 0.8 blocks per game. Johnson brings good size to the center position.

7 | Leah Metcalf
Position: Guard
Height: 5-7
Weight: 138
College: North Carolina '05
Born: Sep. 18, 1983

A natural point guard and leader, Leah Metcalf had to share the backcourt with the enormous presence of 5-4 Ivory Latta, the ACC Player of the Year in 2005-06, at both North Carolina and when the two played AAU ball together. Metcalf still finished her UNC career ranked sixth in school history in both assists (500) and 3-pointers (162). Metcalf is a heady player who was named Academic All-ACC all four years of her college career and majored in match. She spent last off-season working as a undergraduate assistant for the Tar Heels, who advanced to the Final Four.

44 | Lindsay Taylor
Position: Center
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200
College: UC Santa Barbara '04
Born: May 20, 1981

At 6-8, Lindsay Taylor is tied with several other players as the second-tallest player in WNBA history behind 7-2 Connecticut center Margo Dydek. Finally, Taylor has found a coach she doesn't look on by signing with the Storm and fellow 6-8 Anne Donovan. Part of a star-studded frontcourt at UC-Santa Barbara that also included future WNBA players Kayte Christensen and Kristen Mann, Taylor finished as the Gauchos' career leader in points (1,755), blocks (242) and field-goal percentage (.558). She was Big West Player of the Year as a junior and three times Big West Tournament MVP, as well as Big West Freshman of the Year. Drafted in the second round of the 2004 WNBA Draft by Houston and subsequently traded to Phoenix in a prearranged deal, Taylor played sparingly with the Mercury in 2004 before being waived at the end of 2005 training camp. She spent the 2006 offseason in Turkey, where she averaged 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for Botas.

25 | Lindsey Yamasaki
Position: Forward
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
College: Stanford '02
Born: June 2, 1980

At Oregon City High School, Lindsey Yamasaki was one of the nation's most decorated prep athletes. Named the 1998 Student Sports National Player of the Year, Yamasaki led Oregon City to four straight Oregon State Class 4A state titles. Yamasaki might have been just as good in volleyball, winning Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Player of the Year twice. After moving on to Stanford, Yamasaki gave up on volleyball after her freshman year to focus on basketball, developing into the Cardinal's ninth all-time leading scorer and second all-time in Stanford history in 3s. As a senior, Yamasaki was All-Pac-10 First Team and AP All-America Honorable Mention. Drafted in the second round of the 2002 WNBA Draft, Yamasaki averaged 3.5 points as a rookie in Miami, shooting 9-for-17 from 3-point range. She moved on to New York for her second WNBA season, playing 24 games. Yamasaki opened 2005 training camp with the San Antonio Silver Stars before tearing her right Achilles, sidelining her for the season. Yamasaki brings good size and outside shooting to the Storm.