Opening Statement: First of all, I'm very excited and very grateful to be here. I'm very blessed to be the third pick of the Chicago Sky, the Windy City... hopefully not too windy when I get there and start playing! I'm just very grateful and I'm happy that I was the third pick.
Q: Are there similarities between going to Chicago and going to Ole Miss, in that in each spot you'll be trying to build a program?
Price: I think it will be a challenge, but not one that I can't overcome. Great teammates that I know of, including Candice Dupree, a wonderful young lady, and they also have a great coach. It's a program that helpfully I can hope build up and finish it up strong.
Q: Can you talk about being with your team at the NCAA level and then just a few days later being headed to the WNBA level?
Price: It's very exciting. It happened so fast. I can't believe it now that I'm thinking about it that I have been drafted and that I'll be going to Chicago, but it's another phase of my life. It's something that I've wanted to do since I was a freshman in college, so this is something that I have to be ready to step up and do it - and I'm going to try to stop smiling so much!
Noelle Quinn, UCLA
#4 Overall Pick
Opening Statement: I'm excited to go to Minnesota and play. Seimone Augustus is the premiere player over there and I can just learn from the veterans and Tamika Williams. I'm just very grateful for this opportunity.
Q: Since the season ended for you, did you have a chance to think about where you'd be picked, and did you see yourself in the first round?
Quinn: I played point guard a lot this year, which is not my natural position, but Minnesota liked what I did at that position. I'm ready for this opportunity. Since I left school I had heard Minnesota and New York were interested, so it was kind of up in the air.
Q: Congratulations in being picked. What do you think will be the biggest transition in taking your game from the college level to the WNBA level?
Quinn: Especially with the 24-second shot clock, the game gets much quicker. I'll need to make sure that my conditioning is up (to speed) and just get ready for the physical difference that college has in comparison to the WNBA.
Q: Who came out here with you to share in the excitement of Draft day?
Quinn: My mother, my sister, my two uncles, my nieces, three of my teammates, my agent and Kathy (?) - so I had a big load (of people).
Q: What are your thoughts on going so high in the Draft?
Quinn: It's just surreal. I can't believe it's happening right now. It's just a dream come true. I'm just happy to have this opportunity and this is such a blessing.
Tiffany Jackson, Texas
#5 Overall Pick
New York Liberty
Opening Statement: I'm really excited. This is what I've dreamed about, it's what I've always wanted and it's finally coming true. I'm just going to sit back and relax and enjoy the moment until I have to go to training camp.
Q: Have you ever been to or are you familiar with New York?
Jackson: I have been to New York and it's cold, very cold, especially compared to Texas. But I'm ready to go to New York. I think it will be a lot of fun and I think it's the city for me.
Q: You were the leader of your team at Texas and you've been through some struggles down there. Is getting drafted a nice payoff for you?
Jackson: I think so. Like you said, times were very frustrating. I was very disappointed in the way we played, but to know that people kept looking at me and that my hard work paid off is just very exciting.
Q: Can you tell us what your biggest inspiration was in getting us to this point?
Jackson: I would have to say my father. He's been my coach all throughout
my growing up. He was the one who always pulled me to the gym when I didn't
want to (go) and he put in the extra time with me, so I'd have to say he is
my biggest inspiration.
Katie Gearlds, Purdue
#7 Overall Pick
Opening Statement: I'm just excited to have the opportunity to play at the next level. I think Seattle is a perfect fit for me and I'm just excited to grow up and accept this next challenge in my life.
Q: What do you think the biggest transition will be in going from college to the professional level?
Gearlds: I think the biggest thing is playing against grown women everyday and having to adjust to not having the demands of college basketball, but rather (the demands of) being out on your own. It's the real world, and it's time for all of us to grow up and mature. It's an exciting time in all of our lives.
Q: What was your biggest inspiration in getting you to this point? Did you have any role models?
Gearlds: Definitely my parents. They never pushed me to do anything
I didn't want to do and they were always there supporting me. They never missed
a game in college. I think those two people really influenced my life and made
me who I am today.
Alison Bales, Duke
#9 Overall Pick
Opening Statement: I'm just very excited to be going to Indiana to play for the Fever. They have many great veteran players there. Tamika Catchings is a player I looked up to when I was younger. I'm very excited about this new challenge.
Q: Are you excited that you're going to be playing fairly close to home?
Bales: When they announced it, my mother and my grandparents were like "Indiana! Indiana!" If anyone doesn't know, my mother's side of the family is from Indiana, so they were all excited that they will get to see me play.
Q: Can you talk about Indiana and Catchings, it seems like the Fever is a really good fit for you.
Bales: I'm just very excited. I'm sure that I'll be talking to the coaches and hopefully some of the veterans. I'll get my research done.
Q: It's been an emotional whirlwind for all the players. Can you talk about your own personal highs and lows leading up to, and culminating in getting drafted?
Bales: It has been a busy couple of weeks here. With our exit earlier then we would have liked from the Tournament to coming here to Cleveland and dealing with all of the stuff associated with it, being a professional athlete now - the meetings and the banquets. It's just been a very busy time, but I'm very excited about this new opportunity.
Ivory Latta, North Carolina
#11 Overall Pick
Opening Statement: I'm just so happy right now to be a part of the Detroit Shock family. I told my mom that when I get there I hope I don't go into the gym being a fan because I love Swin Cash and Deanna Nolan. I just hope that I can go there and contribute to the team.
Q: How do you feel?
Latta: Very excited.
Q: Talk about the transition of the Draft being so soon after the season, and whether you view it as a positive for yourself.
Latta: It's always a positive for me, going up. Going from college to the WNBA is great. Playing basketball is my passion. I love playing basketball, I don't want to stop. I'm going to do whatever it takes to keep playing. I'm so happy that I'm going to Detroit!
Q: Are you surprised that you lasted until the 11th pick?
Latta: You know what, to be really honest I'm just happy to be in the situation to get picked by a team. I was telling somebody that I'm glad that Bill (Laimbeer) saw something in me that he thought I could bring to go out there and help his team, so I'm going to do that to the best of my ability.
Q: Detroit needs a true point guard, do you think that is a role you can step in and fill?
Latta: Yes I definitely think I can step in and do it. I'm going to go in there with an open mind. I know Katie (Smith) is going to teach me a lot of things and I'm definitely willing to learn and whether I'm starting or not I'm going to try to be a great teammate and just contribute however I can.