NEW YORK -- Top senior college women's basketball prospects, including University of Texas standouts 5-8 guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo.) and 6-2 forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas), will gather at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, New York from Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 for the 2005 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp. The camp offers WNBA coaches and general managers the opportunity to evaluate the skills of the incoming collegiate draft class in advance of the 2005 WNBA Draft which takes place on Saturday, April 16.
The top women college basketball players from around the country have been invited to the 2005 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp. In addition to Carey and Schreiber, the following players will attend: Houston center Sancho Lyttle, Liberty center Katie Feenstra, Penn State guards Tanisha Wright and Jess Strom, Auburn guard Natasha Brackett, Temple guard Cynthia Jordan and Vanderbilt forward Ashley Early; LSU guard Temeka Johnson, Tennessee guards Shyra Ely and Loree Moore, Michigan State guard Kristin Haynie and center Kelli Roehrig and Baylor forward Steffanie Blackmon.
Carey (12.2 ppg, 70 3-pointers made) and Schreiber (10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) ranked second and third, respectively, in scoring this past season for the 22-9 Longhorns. Both Carey and Schreiber were 2005 All-Big 12 selections, with Carey earning First Team honors and Schreiber Second Team honors. They helped lead Texas to the NCAA Tournament second round and to a runnerup finish in the Big 12 race (13-3) behind Big 12 and NCAA champion Baylor.
League-appointed personnel will conduct player physical examinations on Friday, April 8, with on-court sessions scheduled for all day on Saturday, April 9 and the morning of Sunday, April 10.
Both Saturday and Sunday's on-court sessions are open to the media, with players and WNBA coaches and team general managers available to the media from 10:55-11:30 a.m. ET and 6:00-6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Additional media requests will be scheduled upon request.
The 2005 WNBA Draft will begin at noon ET at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. ESPN2 will televise the first round live with NBATV providing coverage of the second and third rounds. The WNBA's website (www.wnba.com) will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams' selections together with pre-draft coverage of prospective draftees by Rebecca Lobo, ESPN's Ann Meyers and Sacramento Monarchs guard and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson.
The WNBA will tip off its ninth season Saturday, May 21, 2005 with a full slate of exciting match-ups, including ABC's broadcast of the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm against the Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle's Key Arena beginning at 4 p.m. (Eastern). Opening day will also pit the 2004 WNBA runner-up Connecticut Sun against the Detroit Shock at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Houston Comets against the San Antonio Silver Stars at San Antonio's SBC Center, the Phoenix Mercury against the Sacramento Monarchs at America West Arena and the Charlotte Sting hosting the Washington Mystics at the Charlotte Coliseum.
2005 WNBA PRE-DRAFT CAMP SCHEDULE (all times local-EASTERN)
New York Liberty Training Facility
711 Old Saw Mill River Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Saturday, April 9
7:30- 8:30 a.m. - Stretching / free shooting
8:30- 10:55 a.m. - Drills and Half court games
10:55- 11:30 a.m. - Media Availability
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.- Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.- Stretching / free shooting
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.- Drills and Half court game
6:00- 6:30 p.m. - Media Availability
Sunday, April 10
8:00- 9:00 a.m.- Stretching / free shooting
9:00 a.m. - Noon - Full-court games and scenario games