Greco Signs Contract With WNBA's Seattle Storm
April 27, 2004
Former UCLA standout and Crescenta Valley high school graduate, Michelle Greco, has signed a contract and will be participating in training camp today with the WNBA Seattle Storm, announced her agent Gilberto Garcia of Biggshot International. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Greco will be competing for a roster spot as a shooting guard and back-up point guard. Last season, the Storm were hit hard by injuries to key players in their starting lineup, including Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird, Adia Barnes, and Kamila Vodichkova, that may have prevented the team from reaching the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Storm, coached by Anne Donovan, will have 18 players in training camp.
Greco had a stellar five-year career at UCLA as a shooting guard, leading the Pac-10 in scoring (19 ppg) and in steals (2.5) during her senior season. She was selected as a WBCA All-Star in 2003 and played in the All-Star Game that was held during last year's Women's Final Four in Atlanta. Last season, Greco was invited to training camp with the WNBA Cleveland Rockers but was cut before opening day due to the number of veteran guards that were already on Cleveland's roster.
Determined to make a WNBA roster the following season, Greco signed with Maccabi Raanana, a pro club in Israel's First Division, in December. While playing in Israel, she averaged nearly 25 ppg, including 31 points in her debut game, which was the second-highest point total scored in league competition this season. She also hit a buzzer beater with 3.5 seconds left, helping her team upset one of the top teams in league play. Greco led the entire league in scoring during her brief stay in Israel and was a three-time first-team selection. The Israeli league featured such WNBA players as Edwina Brown and Plenette Pierson with the Phoenix Mercury, Erin Thorn with the New York Liberty, Kelly Gibson and Octavia Blue of the Houston Comets, and Gwen Jackson with the San Antonio Silver Stars.
In January, Greco left Israel and signed with Apollon Ptolemaidas, a pro club in Greece's First Division, as a mid-season replacement. Her reputation, however, as a scorer preceeded her, and she was faced with constant double and triple team defenses that were designed by her opposition to contain her scoring. Still, she was able to average almost 18 ppg, scoring a season-high 28 pts in one game and 27 pts in another, and lifted her team from an eighth place finish when she arrived to a fourth place finish when she departed this past weekend, which enabled her Greek club to clinch a berth in next year's FIBA Cup. Greco also hit a buzzer beater during league competition, helping her team defeat a top team in league play. Earlier this month, she was named to the All-Star Team in Greece and participated in the game on the Island of Crete, where she was second in the voting for Game MVP honors (Katie Douglas of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun was MVP of the All-Star Game). The Greek league featured such players as Douglas, former Iowa State standout Lindsey Wilson, who is also in Storm training camp, and former Purdue standout Kelly Komora.
After playing in her Greek league on Sunday, where she scored 20 pts, eight rebs, seven steals, and four assists, being given a huge farewell dinner by her Greek club, and traveling by plane for many hours to arrive in the U.S., Greco departed on Monday evening to Seattle to arrive in time for Tuesday's practice. Upon completing her physical, Greco will be practicing with the Storm starting today. On May 4, WNBA teams will have to make their first cuts, trimming their training camp roster to 15 players.
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