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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 22, 2007
With several key players still in action overseas, the Seattle Storm has signed 11 newcomers to training camp contracts to fill out the camp roster.

"There are these players out there that haven't made a team yet that we've always been intrigued by," Storm Coach Anne Donovan explained recently. "Basically, we've gotten commitments to bring them in and give them a look and see where they are. They're all longshots, every one of them - and we've told them that. But our idea is get them in, evaluate them quickly and, if they don't have a future here, get them out."

Storm.wnba.com breaks down these new players hoping for a spot on the Storm roster.

Andrea Bills
Position: Center
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
College: Oregon '05
Born: Sept. 1, 1983

Andrea Bills made up one half of a punishing one-two inside punch with New York's Cathrine Kraayeveld at Oregon, averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior to earn All-Pac-10 First Team honors. She's gone to training camp with Charlotte and Los Angeles but has yet to stick with a WNBA team despite solid size in the post.

Kerri Gardin
Position: Forward
Height: 6-1
Weight: 168
College: Virginia Tech '06
Born: May 19, 1984

Just 6-1, Kerri Gardin plays bigger than her size on the glass. As a senior, Gardin averaged a double-double, leading the ACC with 10.0 rebounds per game. The third player in Virginia Tech history to be taken in the WNBA Draft, Gardin was a third-round pick by Chicago in 2006.

Cameo Hicks
Position: Guard
Height: 5-9
Weight: 158
College: Washington '07
Born: Dec. 12, 1984

One of the most successful and popular players ever at the University of Washington, Cameo Hicks is bidding to become just the second Husky (Jamie Redd being the first) to play for the Storm. A two-time All-Pac-10 First Team pick, Hicks finished her career 11th in UW history in scoring and in the top 10 in free throws and three-point percentage. Hicks already knows the Storm organization, spending the summer of 2006 as an intern in the team's marketing department.

Alexis Kendrick
Position: Guard
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
College: Georgia '06
Born: Jan. 3, 1984

Alexis Kendrick started all 132 games she played as a Lady Bulldog, breaking the Georgia career record for starts. Selected to the inaugural Girls McDonald's High School All-American Game, Kendrick was a top recruit who averaged 12.4 points per game as a freshman before settling into a complementary role, leading Georgia in assists for four straight years - just the second player in school history to do so.

Victoria Lucas-Perry
Position: Guard
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
College: Michigan State '07
Born: Jan. 7, 1986

Victoria Lucas-Perry was a starter on the Michigan State team that advanced to the championship game in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. With the graduation of that team's leaders, Lucas-Perry improved her scoring and rebounding averages every year of her career, peaking at 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior. Lucas-Perry is a strong outside shooter who hit nearly two three-pointers a game as a senior. In high school, she lettered in bowling in addition to her main sports, basketball and volleyball.

Sarah McKay
Position: Center
Height: 6-7
Weight: 210
College: Indiana '07
Born: Dec. 5, 1985

A native of Victoria, B.C., Sarah McKay played a year of high-school basketball at Eastside Catholic in Bellevue, leading the team to the Washington State championship game. McKay caught the eye of Storm Coach Anne Donovan during the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in two games. At 6-7, she would be one of the WNBA's tallest players.

Yolanda Paige
Position: Guard
Height: 5-6
Weight: 147
College: West Virginia '05
Born: Sept. 18, 1983

An exceptionally skilled passer, Yolanda Paige finished her career at West Virginia seventh in NCAA history with 892 career assists. She averaged nine assists a game as a senior to lead the nation. Taken in the second round by Indiana in 2005, Paige played in 13 games as a rookie. Paige's nickname is "Wheezy," like Sonics forward Chris Wilcox.

Brooke Queenan
Position: Forward
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
College: Boston College '05
Born: April 10, 1984

A physical post player, Queenan was selected in the second round of the 2006 Draft by New York. She ended up spending her WNBA rookie season in Connecticut, playing four games for the Sun. Queenan was an All-ACC Second Team pick as a senior, averaging 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Chameka Scott
Position: Guard
Height: 6-0
Weight: 155
College: Baylor '06
Born: May 9, 1984

Chameka Scott was a starter for the Baylor team that defeated Lucas-Perry's Michigan State squad to win the 2005 NCAA Title. Scott was Baylor's deep threat, shooting 38.3% from three-point range during the championship season. She's also got very good size for a shooting guard. Undrafted in 2006, Scott spent the entire season with the Western Conference Champion Sacramento Monarchs but did not see any action.

Aya Traore
Position: Forward
Height: 6-1
Weight: 172
College: Purdue '06
Born: July 27, 1983

A native of Senegal (like Sonics center Mouhamed Sene), Aya Traore came to the U.S. as an exchange student at age 17 and quickly developed into an athletic wing player. After two years at Dixie State College, Traore transferred to Purdue, where she was a key player after missing all but three games of the 2003-04 season with a torn PCL. At Purdue, Traore played with Storm first-round pick Katie Gearlds.