Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Storm Sign New Post Player

With the starting frontcourt out for the week and Janell Burse gone for the season as of August 14th, the Storm GM has brought on another post after waving dispersal draft pick, Tye'sha Fluker (now playing with the Sparks), earlier this year.

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta was a solid player for the Detroit Shock, but that was six years ago. She averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 2000 as well as 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2001. While she continued to start in 2002, her production decreased to 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Since that time she has played no more than 11 games a season, being cut by Detroit in 2003, Indiana in 2004, going unsigned in 2005 and being cut by Houston in 2006. In 11 minutes per game in 2006 she averaged 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.

She will likely see minutes due to the lack of post depth in the next two games, being asked only to rebound, defend and set screens on a couple of offensive sets. If she can do that, it should be enough to get Wendy, Ashley and Shyra some rest until LJ returns on Saturday.

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