Utah women’s basketball star Emily Potter signs with WNBA’s Seattle Storm

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Colorado Buffaloes guard/forward Mya Hollingshed (21) grabs a rebound past Utah Utes forward Emily Potter (12) during the game at the Huntsman Center Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

The Seattle Storm of the WNBA announced Wednesday that they have signed Utah women’s basketball center Emily Potter to a free agent contract.

“We are so proud of Emily,” Utah head coach Lynne Roberts said in a news release. “The Seattle Storm is a fantastic organization and it is an honor to have a player be a part of that. She has WNBA potential and this is the first step. We are excited for her to have this opportunity.”

Seattle’s training camp starts on April 29, with the roster to be set by May 17.

The Storm, coming off their second straight post-season appearance, are now under the direction of two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Dan Hughes, who will make his Seattle debut this season.

“I am excited and thankful for the opportunity,” Potter said in the news release. “I think that I am mobile for my size and can get up and down the floor for someone that is 6-6. I protect the paint and then offensively, the best thing I do on the court is try to score. I am excited to get the chance to showcase what I can do.”

Potter will join the team at the training camp at the end of the month, but will also see some familiar faces. Jordin Canada from UCLA was drafted by the Storm and Brittany McPhee of Stanford also received an invitation to camp.

“It will be cool to get to know them,” Potter added. “I’ve been playing against them for four years, so I kind of know their game. I think it will be fun to play with them.”

Potter is coming off a Utah career where she cemented herself in the school and Pac-12 record books.

This past season she broke the Utah record for career blocks (270) and moved up to fifth all-time in Pac-12 history. She leaves Utah ranked 11th in career scoring (1,635), fifth in total rebounds (1,037), fourth in offensive rebounds (313) and second in defensive rebounds (724). The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native also became the first player in Ute women’s basketball history to have 1,500+ points, 900+ rebounds and 200+ blocks in a career.