They may have just signed her on again in February, but the Seattle Storm has recently decided that Nneka Enemkpali is not a fit with the team. During training this week, they let her go, waiving the 6’1 forward from the team. She is now free to sign with another team, which can be difficult at this stage of the game. The Draft is over and all of the teams are already deep in practice, culling their extra members and planning the season. Cuts at this point can often mean not playing in the franchise during the current season.
If you recall, Enemkpali is the star who made it big after her parents didn’t realize that she was such a talented athlete. She has a history of excelling in several sports and could be an asset to many teams, but for some reason the Storm decided not to keep her on the team this year. The basketball player was a shining star at the University of Texas. During the 2015 Draft, she was selected by the Storm during the third round of selections. She was the 26th pick overall. The injury that kept her out of playing for the last year was an injury to her knee that she sustained while at the University of Texas.
Prior to her injury, she was averaging 10.6 rebounds per game, graduating as the school’s ninth scorer in rebounds overall. She also finished 30th in the school’s history of scorers with 1,116 points scored during her career. Before playing for the university, she attended Pflugerville High School and made the All-Big 12 while in high school. She also received the Wooden Award pre-season top-30 and mid-season top 30 selection, further demonstrating the talent that she possesses.
When she was re-selected to play for the Storm this season, Storm GM and President Alisha Valavanis said, ““We were impressed with Nneka leading up to the WNBA Draft last year. She is working hard in preparation to compete at the next level and we are excited to get her to Seattle.”
With 18 women left on the team during training season, there is still room for several cuts to be made. Where you a big fan of Enemkpali and if so, are you bummed about the latest news from the Storm? Who do you think will make the team and who do you think will be cut before the season begins?
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