2011 WNBA Draft to be Televised Live on ESPN April 11
April 8, 2011
CINCINNATI - Xavier's Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips have been invited to the 2011 WNBA Draft Presented by adidas, which will be held on Monday, April 11 at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. ESPN will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 3 p.m. ET, in addition to ESPN3.com offering a simulcast.
This marks the first time that a professional sports league will conduct its draft at ESPN headquarters. ESPNU and NBA TV will telecast the second and third rounds. Twelve players per round are selected by WNBA teams.
Harris and Phillips are two of 15 of the world's top female basketball prospects to be invited to the draft. They are expected to be among the top 10 selections.
Xavier's WNBA Draft history includes three players taken in 2001. Nicole Levandusky was the first-ever Xavier player chosen in the draft when the Los Angeles Sparks selected her with the 32nd pick overall (second round). The Charlotte Sting used the 34th (third round) pick to select Jennifer Phillips, and Taru Tuukkanen went to the New York Liberty with the 57th pick overall (fourth round).
Levandusky was the only player to play in the WNBA. Phillips and Tuukkanen did not make the final rosters of the teams that drafted them.
After winning the Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Lynx holds the top pick in the Draft for the third time in franchise history. In 2006, the Lynx used the first pick to select Seimone Augustus. Last year, Minnesota sent the pick and Renee Montgomery to the Connecticut Sun on Jan. 12 in exchange for Lindsay Whalen and the second overall selection. It marked the first time in league history that a team had swapped the No. 1 pick in advance of the Draft.
The Lynx also has the fourth pick in the upcoming Draft by virtue of an additional trade with the Sun. That trade, made on the day of the 2010 WNBA Draft, saw Minnesota send Kelsey Griffin, the third overall selection, to Connecticut in exchange for the Sun's first and second round selections in the 2011 Draft. Rounding out the top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), Chicago Sky (third) and the Los Angeles Sparks (fifth).
WNBA.com, in addition to providing comprehensive draft-day coverage, will serve as the web destination for fans who want to track top prospects throughout the Draft.
The players invited to attend the 2011 WNBA Draft at ESPN include: