NEW YORK -- On Saturday, April 16, the WNBA will conduct its annual draft which takes place at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Draft coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. (Central) on WNBA.com and at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
A total of 39 players will be selected in the 2005 WNBA Draft (13 players chosen in each of the first, second and third rounds). Among the hopefuls are three University of Texas seniors - 5-6 guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS), 6-2 forward Annissa Hastings (San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston HS) and 6-2 forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS). Schreiber and Carey participated in both the 2005 WBCA Senior All-Star Challenge in Indianapolis in early April and in last week's WNBA Draft camp in New York.
The 39 players selected on Saturday will not be the only rookies on the scene. New WNBA President Donna Orender will be master of ceremonies at her first official WNBA event.
ESPN2 will televise the first round live with NBATV providing coverage of the second and third rounds. 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 Charlotte Sting won the 2005 Draft Lottery and have the first overall pick.
In 2000, UT All-America guard Edwina Brown with the third pick overall in the WNBA draft (and was the first American player taken). In 2003, guard Tai Dillard signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Silver Stars and remains on the Stars' roster. Last year, All-America center Stacy Stephens was a third-round pick by the Houston Comets and was traded to the Detroit Shock where she played until mid-season.