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February 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Storm nabs former Houston point guard Shannon Johnson

ShannonJohnson.jpgIn a conversation last week, Storm coach Brian Agler, who’s also director of player personnel, said he was close to signing a backup guard, doing so with former Houston Comet PG Shannon Johnson (pictured right by the WNBA).
You can’t get anymore veteran than Johnson, aka Pee-Wee. She’s been in the league since 1999 and is very familiar with PG Sue Bird, having played with the native New Yorker to help Team USA win gold in 2004. Johnson, 34, also is a four-time WNBA All-Star who played for Agler when the latter was an assistant in San Antonio (2005-2006).
Johnson started 32 games for the Comets during the 2008 season, averaging 7.7 points, and 5.1 assists per game. She ranks 18th on the WNBA’s All-Time list for total points scored with 3,417 in 318 games. She also ranks 12th in assists per game, averaging 4.3 in 318 games, second in total assists with 1,372, and seventh in total steals with 467 over 10 seasons split between Orlando, Connecticut, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston.
“We are thrilled to add Shannon to the Storm’s 2009 roster,” said Agler in a released statement. “As a staff, one of our biggest priorities this offseason was to secure an experienced point guard to complement Sue, and Shannon does exactly that. With the addition of Shannon, we now have tremendous experience and depth at the guard spots. She is great a competitor and I am excited about what Shannon brings to our team.”
The Storm now has nine players under contract with the limit being 11 under a $803,000 salary cap. Agler still wants to sign two-time MVP Lauren Jackson and mentioned that his draft pick could be a significant piece to the 2009 roster.
Seattle, which had scouts at Washington’s loss to Southern California on Sunday, selects 12th and 38th overall in the April 9 draft. The Storm has also invited returnees F Kelly Santos, F Kristen O’Neill, and PG Kimberly Beck, the team’s third-round draft pick in 2008, to training camp to vie for a position.
Camp opens May 17 with a limit of 15 players being able to report.

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