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WNBA Draft Day, coaches join players during live coverage

Published on April 8, 2010

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Live coverage of the 2010 WNBA Draft kicks off at 3 p.m. ET today from NBA Entertainment studios in northern New Jersey on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. After the first round, the broadcast continues on NBA TV and ESPNU.

As it has done in years past, the league invited several prospects to attend the draft and sit in the studio during the announcements. The invited players are:

  • Jayne Appel, Stanford
  • Tina Charles, Connecticut
  • Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State
  • Kalana Greene, Connecticut
  • Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska
  • Allison Hightower, Louisiana State
  • Alison Lacey, Iowa State
  • Danielle McCray, Kansas
  • Chanel Mokango, Mississippi State
  • Jacinta Monroe, Florida State
  • Jene Morris, San Diego State Guard
  • Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State Guard
  • Amanda Thompson, Oklahoma
  • Monica Wright, Virginia Guard

Coaches expected to attend the draft include:

  • Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
  • Kurt Budke, Oklahoma State
  • Beth Burns, San Diego State
  • Sherri Coale, Oklahoma
  • Bill Fennelly, Iowa State
  • Greg Franklin (Assistant), Mississippi State
  • Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas
  • Rick Insell, Middle Tennessee State
  • Debbie Ryan, Virginia
  • Sue Semrau, Florida State
  • Bob Starkey (Assistant), Louisiana State University
  • Amy Tucker (Assistant), Stanford
  • Connie Yori, Nebraska

With a field widely considered to be weak in depth, the University of Connecticut’s Tina Charles is expected to be the No. 1 pick and become a member of the Connecticut Sun.

Charles is a graduate of Christ the King High School in New York. Previous No. 1 picks from the school include Chamique Holdsclaw (1999) and Sue Bird (2002). Carrem Gay and Shay Doron, two other alumni from the girl’s prep basketball powerhouse, have also played in the WNBA.

Charles has a chance to become the fourth player in WNBA history to win the NCAA championship and be selected as the No. 1 pick in the draft. The first three to complete that feat: Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2004) and Candace Parker (2008).

The first round draft order:

  • Connecticut Sun (from New York, via Minnesota)
  • Minnesota Lynx (from Connecticut)
  • Minnesota Lynx
  • Chicago Sky
  • San Antonio Silver Stars
  • Washington Mystics Connecticut Sun (from Tulsa)
  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Atlanta Dream
  • Seattle Storm
  • Indiana Fever
  • Los Angeles Sparks (from Phoenix)

[Complete Draft order with second and third rounds]

The league planned several activities surrounding the draft for fans. Sponsors of the activities include T-Mobile and HP.

  • Live blogging using Cover It Live aggregating league, team, player and media Twitter feeds.
  • The league will host a fan conference call with the No. 1 overall pick where WNBA fans will have the opportunity to speak directly with the draftee.
  • T-Mobile will capture draftees’ special moments through the T-Mobile Stick Together Lounge on WNBA.com where drafted players will call their friends and family using T-Mobile phones to share their news and experiences from the event. Each player will record a voicemail which will be sent out to fans via WNBA’s pages on Twitter and Facebook.

The league’s 14th season begins on Saturday, May 15 as the defending champion Phoenix Mercury host the Los Angeles Sparks at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Complete Draft Board

2010 WNBA DRAFT – ROUND 1
Pick Team Record
1 Connecticut Sun | Tina Charles | Connecticut 16-18
2 Minnesota Lynx | Monica Wright | Virginia 14-20
3 Minnesota Lynx | Kelsey Griffin | Nebraska (traded to Connecticut) 14-20
4 Chicago Sky | Epiphanny Prince | Botas/Rutgers 16-18
5 San Antonio Silver Stars | Jayne Appel | Stanford 15-19
6 Washington Mystics | Jacinta Monroe | Florida State 16-18
7 Connecticut Sun | Danielle McCray | Kansas 16-18
8 Los Angeles Sparks | Andrea Riley | Oklahoma State 18-16
9 Atlanta Dream | Chanel Mokango | Mississippi State 18-16
10 Seattle Storm | Alison Lacey | Iowa State 20-14
11 Indiana Fever | Jene Morris | San Diego State 22-12
12 Los Angeles Sparks | Bianca Thomas | Mississippi 18-16

2010 WNBA DRAFT – ROUND 2
Pick Team Record
13 New York Liberty | Kalana Greene | Connecticut 13-21
14 Washington Mystics | Jenna Smith | Illinois 16-18
15 Connecticut Sun | Allison Hightower | Louisiana 16-18
16 New York Liberty | Ashley Houts | Georgia 16-18
17 San Antonio Silver Stars | Alysha Clark | Middle Tennessee 15-19
18 Washington Mystics | Shanavia Dowdell | Louisiana Tech 16-18
19 Tulsa Shock | Amanda Thompson | Oklahoma 18-16
20 Los Angeles Sparks | Angel Robinson | Georgia 18-16
21 Atlanta Dream | Brigitte Ardossi | Georgia Tech 18-16
22 Seattle Storm | Tanisha Smith | Texas A&M 20-14
23 Indiana Fever | Armelie Lumanu | Mississippi State 22-12
24 Phoenix Mercury | Tyra Grant | Penn State 23-11

2010 WNBA DRAFT – ROUND 3
Pick Team Record
25 New York Liberty | Cory Montgomery | Nebraska 13-21
26 Minnesota Lynx | Gabriela Marginean | Drexel 14-20
27 Connecticut Sun | Johannah Leedham | Franklin Pierce 16-18
28 Chicago Sky | Abi Olajuwon | Oklahoma 16-18
29 San Antonio Silver Stars | Alexis Rack | Mississippi State 15-19
30 Washington Mystics | Alexis Gray-Lawson | California 16-18
31 Tulsa Shock | Vivian Frieson | Gonzaga 18-16
32 Los Angeles Sparks | Rashidat Junaid | Rutgers 18-16
33 Atlanta Dream | Brittainey Raven | Texas 18-16
34 Seattle Storm| Tijana Krivacevic | Hungary 20-14
35 Indiana Fever | Joy Cheek | Duke 22-12
36 Phoenix Mercury | Nyeshia Stevenson | Oklahoma 23-11

 

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. […] 2010_wnba_draft_logo Live coverage of the 2010 WNBA Draft kicks off at 3 p.m. ET today from NBA Entertainment studios in northern New Jersey on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. After the first round, the broadcast continues on NBA TV and ESPNU. …Read MoreWNBA Draft Day, coaches join players during live coverage […]

  2. Tiara says:

    Me and my bestfriend is trying to join the wnba how can we get there without attending college that lon. Or just working everyday trying to play ball.

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