Jackson invited to WNBA Draft show, named Kodak All-America Honorable Mention
CLEVELAND -- University of Texas senior forward Tiffany Jackson is one of 22 of the top women's basketball prospects from around the world who have been invited to attend the 2007 WNBA Draft, presented by adidas, on Wednesday, April 4 in Cleveland.
The WNBA Draft will cap off a week-long celebration of events surrounding women's basketball in Cleveland. The Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland's Public Square will host the Draft, beginning at 1 p.m. (Eastern). ESPN2 will provide live first-round television coverage, while ESPNU and NBATV will provide continued live coverage of the second and third rounds from 2-3:30 p.m. (Eastern). In addition, the WNBA's official website www.wnba.com, will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams' selections.
In other news from the Cleveland Women's Final Four, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Eastman Kodak Company announced the 10-member Division I Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball First Team; and, for the third consecutive year, Jackson was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American. Selection committees in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions select ten of the top women's basketball players in the nation to be honored.
Jackson is looking to become the eighth Longhorn player to be drafted in the WNBA since the league's inception in 1997. She concluded her final year on the Forty Acres while leading the 18-14 squad in points (16.8 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg), steals (80, 2.5 spg), blocks (41, 1.3 bpg) and minutes played (35.1 mpg) for Jody Conradt's squad. She was a semifinalist for all three major National Player of the Year awards -- the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award, and was named All-Big 12 First Team for the third consecutive year.
Oklahoma sophomore post Courtney Paris was named to the Kodak All-America Team for the second time, while Jackson was one of four Big 12 Conference players named Kodak Honorable Mention All-America. The Honorable Mention list includes Nebraska 5-6 senior guard Kiera Hardy, Iowa State 5-9 senior guard Lyndsey Medders and 6-1 senior forward Bernice Mosby (Baylor).
The WNBA will tip off its second decade of play in 2007 and will feature a record number of national telecasts. Comprehensive coverage of the WNBA regular season will include 91 national telecasts on ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV. The season will begin on May 19 when the defending champion Detroit Shock hosts the Sacramento Monarchs in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals.
Joining Jackson as an invitee to Wednesday's WNBA Draft are Naismith National Player of the Year and Kodak All-America guard Lindsey Harding (Duke) along with Kodak All-America guards Ivory Latta (North Carolina) and Armintie Price (Ole Miss) and post Jessica Davenport (Ohio State).