- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

In the second half of Washington’s 116-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at MCI Center to open the preseason, it was hard not to notice the anonymous player wearing No. 35 for the Wizards.

Free agent forward Awvee Storey, a 6-foot-6 long shot who knows he is auditioning for every team in the league, was the high scorer for the Wizards on Monday, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Storey, who played 22 minutes, also finished tied with a team-high six rebounds.

“That’s not really a surprise to us,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “He’s been playing that way ever since the start of training camp. He’s a good example of a guy who gets it.”

Considering the circuitous route Storey traveled to get here, that’s not hard to understand.

Since his college career at Arizona State ended in 2002, Storey has spent most of his career abroad, playing with teams in South Korea and Venezuela when he wasn’t in somebody’s summer league trying to demonstrate he belongs in the NBA.

“That’s pretty much been my story; I’ve played basketball everywhere,” Storey said. “You love the game, and you just want to get a chance to prove you can play. I look at this situation as a great opportunity to draw some attention to myself. Hopefully it works out. If not here, maybe someplace else.”

Storey was the last invitee to Wizards training camp, just as he was in New Jersey last season, when he wound up beating the odds to make the Nets.

He stayed on the roster for a little more than two months. He appeared in just nine games, playing a career-high nine minutes against the Wizards on Dec. 4.

After he was waived by the Nets in December in favor of someone named Kaniel Dickens, Storey signed with Idaho Stampede of the CBA. He also did another stint in Korea — this time helping the TG Xers to the league championship. Over the summer, he caught the Wizards’ attention in the Vegas Summer League despite missing most of the games because of a patella injury.

While most of the 12,106 in attendance at Monday’s game were filing out, the well-traveled Storey didn’t even notice.

He was just playing.

“I’m looking at this as an audition for every team in the league, and I’m grateful for the chance,” Storey said.



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