A couple days after trading for point guard Chantel Tremitiere, the Utah Starzz have picked up another point guard to add to their training-camp roster.
Trise Jackson, a 5-foot-5 free agent, who was on the Los Angeles Sparks' development roster last year and was waived by the Sparks this week, is to open camp with the Starzz Monday."She was waived by L.A., so we picked her up," said Starzz V.P. of basketball operations Scott Layden, who will announce other Starzz free-agent acquisitions this weekend. Utah's free-agent tryout camp was held last weekend.
"We had to fill out our training-camp roster, and she was one of the players we wanted to bring in. Our coaches really liked her."
"She played with Margo before," says Starzz coach Denise Taylor. Margo is the WNBA's and Starzz' No. 1 draft choice, 7-foot-2 Malgorzata Dydek of Poland.
Dydek had planned to be in Salt Lake City tomorrow, but Taylor says she's having visa problems, and her status is "day to day." She was playing with her national team in the World Championships, but it was eliminated.
Veteran Starzz center Elena Baranova and her Russian team are still playing.
Layden and Taylor said the Starzz want to have the most competitive training-camp situation they can, so bringing in another point guard isn't strange. "She played in the league last year," said Taylor. The crowd at point guard is "a good problem to have."
Teams gave their free-agent selections to the WNBA earlier this week, and the league will rule on which ones the teams can have, in case more than one team wanted the same players.
Layden said Utah's other free-agent selections are a center, forward and another guard.
Jackson spent three years at Long Beach State, scoring 1,311 points. She played professionally in Spain for two years.