In their first move of the offseason the Seattle Storm, today announced the re-signing of both Alysha Clark and Jenna O'Hea to multi-year contracts. The two versatile players will continue to provide the team with much-needed veteran leadership and also show just how dedicated the franchise is to head coach Jenny Boucek's goal of playing positionless basketball.
"Bringing back Alysha and Jenna was one of our top priorities," stated Storm GM and President Alisha Valavanis regarding the signings. "They have a strong connection with our fans, are both role models in the community and will continue to be important leaders on the team."
Both players were equally excited to be returning to a franchise that will soon feature the most dynamic young core in the entire league.
"I am excited and thankful to be continuing my career in Seattle; I could not have dreamed a better journey in the WNBA!" Commented Clark who is coming off leading the WNBA in two-point field goal percentage and finishing 4th overall in total field goal accuracy in 2015."I am excited and thankful to be continuing my career in Seattle. I could not have dreamed a better journey in the WNBA!"
O'Hea, who was acquired under former coach and GM Brian Agler to add three-point shooting now enters her 3rd season with the franchise and is poised to be a mentor to Kaleena Mosquera-Lewis as she continues her own transition to WNBA three-point marksman. She is also a likely member of the 2016 Australian Opals as they set out to win yet another Olympic medal.
"I couldn't be more excited to re-sign with the Storm," O'Hea said. "The organization, the city, and the fans have welcomed me with open arms since I arrived, and I hope to give back as much as they have all given me. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Storm team, and I am looking forward to many great years ahead."
With the re-signings and the all but certain addition of Breanna Stewart in April, the Storm will feature a roster that redefines versatility. Both Clark and O'Hea have seen extensive time at guard and forward.
Clark spending her entire amateur playing career playing as a post before transitioning to small forward under Agler and now to guard under Boucek. O'Hea, who worked tirelessly last season to improve her ball handling and ability to attack the hoop, has played both the shooting guard and small forward spots her entire career and even spent time at power forward under Agler.
In addition, last year's first-round picks of Mosqueda-Lewis and Jewell Loyd can both play at guard and forward while breakout rookie star Ramu Tokashiki is a matchup nightmare who can play all three front court positions with ease.
Finally, with Stewart likely donning Storm colors, a terrifying lineup will await opponents that will see nearly every player being able to play at least two positions. Combined with the length, youth, and ever increasing experience, the Storm will be a team to fear for years to come.