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Pre-Draft Camp Q&A With Storm Assistants

Storm assistant coaches Jenny Boucek and Jessie Kenlaw, along with Head Coach Anne Donovan, spent the last two days in New York, watching the WNBA's Pre-Draft Camp in preparation for next week's Draft. Boucek and Kenlaw were barely off the plane and back in Seattle, a suitcase still in the process of being unpacked, when STORM.WNBA.COM caught up with them to ask a few questions about the camp.


From left to right, Shereka Wright, Rebekkah Brunson, Shameka Christon and Chandi Jones were some of the players the Storm was watching closely.
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STORM.WNBA.COM: How important is the Pre-Draft Camp for evaluating prospects?
Jessie Kenlaw
: I thought it was very important this year, in particular, because we didn't have an opportunity to see some of the players that were there at camp. They only brought in 30 (players), but I thought it was a quality 30. Some of the top players weren't there, but it gave us an opportunity to see a few of the players up close and personal that we hadn't had a chance to see, and, in our opinions, some of them, I think their stock went up, and others, it went down. I won't call any names. I thought it was great and something that we needed.

Is it more valuable for players who haven't gotten a lot of exposure?
Jessie
: Absolutely, because there were a couple there from smaller schools, and it was very valuable for us to be able to see them.

A number of the players in the mix for your first-round pick were in attendance. Were you watching them closely?
Jenny Boucek
: Definitely. Definitely we were focused on the players that are in that pool that we're looking at. Some of them that we're looking at weren't there, but some of them that were there were (Chandi) Jones, (Shameka) Christon, (Rebekkah) Brunson. Who else?
Jessie: Wright, Shereka Wright.
Jenny: Then, the other ones we're looking at weren't there.

How about Tournament play? How important is that for evaluating players?
Jenny
: You try to see them as much as you can in as many situations as possible. You want to see them practice, you want to see them in regular-season games, you want to see them in tournament games, where it's do-or-die, because the more different situations you see them in, the better your understanding of their intangibles, their character, how they react to different situations.

Based on that list you mentioned before, how many players are in the mix for the sixth pick right now?
Jenny
: It's like six players. It depends on if somebody falls. Obviously, any of the players that we're planning on going ahead of us, is somebody we're interested in. So any of those top six that would fall, plus another four or five.

With the top four picks relatively set, is the fifth pick (New York) really important to determining who you end up drafting?
Jenny
: Yeah, because I think they're looking for a similar type of player.
Jessie: But I don't think the top four are set.
Jenny: I don't think so either. I think number one is set, that's about it.
Jessie: Right. Anything can happen after number one.

Was there a lot of trade talk during the camp?
Jenny
: Always. There's always a lot more talk than action.