After success in Australia, she has decided to take a second shot at making the WNBA and is in Seattle’s training camp.
After six years of setbacks and success, Sami Whitcomb knows it’s impossible to predict how this homecoming and her second try to make the WNBA will play out.
For now, it’s enough that she has been invited to the Storm training camp as a free agent — a move that returns her to Seattle, where she was a standout for the Washington Huskies.
“I’ve really enjoyed my path in getting back here,” Whitcomb said in advance of the Storm’s exhibition opener at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday against the Phoenix Mercury at KeyArena.
“This isn’t how I planned for my career, but I wouldn’t do anything different. It’s been really special.”
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Whitcomb is a 28-year-old rookie with a deadly jump shot, five years of international basketball experience and a fair amount of confidence that this time she’ll buck the odds and win a WNBA roster spot.
“It was very much come to training camp and show us what you have and we’ll go from there,” Whitcomb said. “That was as much as I could ask for, and I’m thrilled just for that chance.”
Whitcomb doesn’t need to be here. Not really.
In her words, she’s “built a beautiful life” in Australia where she is a star with the Perth Lynx in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).
The Ventura, Calif., native is building a house in Perth with her partner. Later this year, Whitcomb plans to test for citizenship and will try out for the Australian national team Opals.
“Australia is my home now,” she said with a hint of an Aussie accent. “I feel like a bit of a foreigner (in Seattle). But it’s really exciting. I love that I get to be here. So much has changed since I left.”
She has enjoyed watching from afar the Huskies’ rise to national prominence.
“Gosh, it’s been amazing to see…