Janell Burse

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Janell Burse
Center
Born (1979-05-19) May 19, 1979 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg)
College Tulane
Draft 28th overall, 2001
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA career 2001–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Minnesota Lynx (2001–2003)
Seattle Storm (2004–2007, 2009)
TS Wisła Can-Pack Kraków (2009–present)

Janell Burse (born May 19, 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a 6'5" women's basketball player who recently played center for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.

After playing college ball at Tulane University, Burse was drafted in the second round (28th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx in 2001, and played her first three professional seasons with that team. As part of an ill-fated attempt by the Lynx to land hometown sensation Lindsay Whalen in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Burse was traded with Sheri Sam to the Storm for Amanda Lassiter and a high draft pick. Whalen was snatched up by the Connecticut Sun, and Seattle gained two key players for its 2004 championship run.

Burse backed up center Kamila Vodichkova in 2004, and took over the starting role when Vodichkova left for the Phoenix Mercury the next season. Fans expected Burse to lose this job to the highly touted Suzy Batkovic when the latter joined the team in mid-season, but Burse played so well that she started the entire year.

Burse, who had purchased a house in Slidell, Louisiana in 2004, became the WNBA's face for relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At two playoff games at KeyArena in September 2005, Burse's charity through the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church raised $25,000 for the relief efforts, which was matched by $75,000 from the team organization.

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Preceded by
Grace Daley
Double Tree Classic Most Valuable Player
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Teana McKiver