It did not take long for the new Storm GM to make her first move.
Just days after being promoted to general manager, Talisa Rhea made her first pick in her new position during the 2021 WNBA Draft, taking Texas A&M guard Aaliyah Wilson 11th overall, the second to last pick of the first round.
The franchise minutes later traded her draft rights to the Indiana Fever for third-year guard and former UCLA Bruin, Kennedy Burke. Last season, she averaged 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 18.3 minutes per game.
Seattle notably passed on taking Louisville's Dana Evans, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, to select Wilson.
“We’re just looking for the best available player at 11," Storm GM Talisa Rhea told NBC Sports NW this week.
She added, “There’s some really good prospects that we think will be available in the second half of that first round, so really just excited to see the best available player and who we think has the most potential with our group, and we’ll try to bring that player in and see what happens in training camp.”
Well, clearly Rhea liked what she has seen from Burke over any of the available players.