The Seattle Storm today announced the signing of 2015 All-Rookie First team member, Ramu Tokashiki to a multi-year extension. Tokashiki, who turned a training camp invite into a breakout rookie campaign that saw her become a starter and average 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game, is seen by the Storm to be a cornerstone of the franchise.
"Taku (her nickname, pronounced Tock) is a key building block for our future," enthused Storm head coach Jenny Boucek. "Her combination of passion, athleticism, fearlessness and instinct for the game makes her a dynamic playmaker on both ends of the floor. The sky is the limit for Taku and we are extremely excited about her commitment to the Storm."
The 6'3" Tokashiki, who is currently playing in her native Japan, helped lead the Japanese national team to its first Olympic berth since 2004, by sweeping the Asian qualifying tournament last summer. Even with the Olympics looming, Ramu is excited to be returning to the Storm.
"I can't wait to get back to Seattle to start working towards a championship!" said Tokshiki. "I had such a great experience in Seattle last season and am very excited and proud to be a part of Storm Basketball moving forward."
Taku, along with fellow 2015 rookies Jewell Loyd and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, will be joining forces with likely #1 pick Breanna Stewart and WNBA legend Sue Bird to form one of the most exciting lineups in the WNBA as it enters the 20th season.