via press release:
2011 WNBA Draft to Be Held at ESPN
The 2011 WNBA Draft – the selection of the world’s top female basketball prospects – will be held Monday, April 11, at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. ESPN2 will televise live the first round beginning at 3 p.m. ET, in addition to ESPN3.com offering a simulcast. ESPNU and NBA TV will air the second and third rounds from 4-5:30 p.m.
“ESPN and the WNBA are entering their 15th year of partnership in a way that is worthy of this milestone,” said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president, content. “Showcasing the WNBA Draft and its top incoming stars at ESPN only emphasizes our commitment to the sport of women’s basketball.”
The event marks the first time a professional sports league will conduct its draft at ESPN headquarters. Previous WNBA Drafts, which ESPN has televised since 2001, have been held in various locations, including the site of the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four (2006-08) and, most recently, at NBA Studios in Secaucus, N.J. (2009 & 2010).
Among the top prospects eligible for this year’s draft are: Australia National Team member center Elizabeth Cambage, University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore, Ohio State center Jantel Lavender, Oklahoma guard Danielle Robinson and Xavier forward Amber Harris.
The live telecast of the Draft will take place in the ESPN studio that is home to Mike & Mike in the Morning, Sunday NFL Countdown and a variety of other ESPN shows.
espnW will provide behind-the-scenes content at espnW.com leading up to the WNBA Draft, including profiles and features on the top potential picks. On draft day, espnW.com will bring you the live perspective from the draft, including reaction and interviews of the top WNBA draftees.
ESPN and the WNBA enter into the 15th year of coverage, which dates back to the league’s inaugural season in 1997. The WNBA tipped off on ESPN June 21, 1997 – a game between the NY Liberty and the LA Sparks featuring ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo, who began her seven-year WNBA career with the Liberty.
2011 WNBA DRAFT ORDER (2010 Record)
1. Minnesota (13-21)
2. Tulsa (6-28)
3. Chicago (14-20)
4. Minnesota from Connecticut (17-17) (Kelsey Griffin, 4/8/10)
5. Los Angeles (13-21)
6. San Antonio (14-20)
7. Tulsa from Phoenix (15-19) (Kara Braxton/Nicole Ohlde 7/23/10)
8. Atlanta (19-15)
9. Indiana (21-13)
10. New York (22-12)
11. Washington (22-12)
12. Seattle (28-6)
13. Minnesota from Tulsa (6-28) (Amber Holt, Chante Black 4/7/10) via Connecticut (Kelsey Griffin, 4/8/10)
14. Minnesota (13-21)
15. Chicago (14-20)
16. Connecticut (17-17)
17. Chicago from Los Angeles (13-21) (Kristi Toliver, 5/13/10)
18. Atlanta from San Antonio (14-20) (Michelle Snow/Dalma Ivanyi, 3/11/10)
19. Phoenix (15-19)
20. San Antonio from Atlanta (19-15) (Michelle Snow/Dalma Ivanyi, 3/11/10)
21. Tulsa from Indiana (21-13) (Shavonte Zellous, 5/27/10)
22. New York (22-12)
23. Washington (22-12)
24. Seattle (28-6)
25. Tulsa (6-28)
26. Minnesota (13-21)
27. Chicago (14-20)
28. Connecticut (17-17)
29. Los Angeles (13-21)
30. San Antonio (14-20)
31. Phoenix (15-19)
32. Atlanta (19-15)
33. Indiana (21-13)
34. New York (22-12)
35. Washington (22-12)
36. Seattle (28-6)