Top Prospects Invited to WNBA Draft

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (April 7, 2008) -- Twenty of the top women's basketball prospects from around the world have been invited to attend the 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas on Wednesday, April 9 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

The list is highlighted by four players who are still participating in the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla. - Candace Parker, Nicky Anosike and Alexis Hornbuckle from Tennessee and Candice Wiggins from Stanford. Other key players expected to be in attendance are Sylvia Fowles from LSU, Tasha Humphrey from Georgia, Essence Carson and Matee Ajavon from Rutgers, Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper from Maryland and Erlana Larkins from North Carolina.

The 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas will cap off a week-long celebration of events surrounding women's basketball in Tampa. Expected to be the deepest in league history, the draft will begin at 1 p.m. ET from Innisbrook. ESPN2 will provide exclusive first round coverage of the 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas with continued coverage of the second and third rounds on both ESPNU and NBA TV. WNBA.com will serve as the premier destination for complete analysis and comprehensive coverage throughout all three rounds.

The players who are expected to attend the 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas are as follows:

Name College/University Position Height
Matee Ajavon Rutgers Guard 5'8
Nicky Anosike Tennessee Center 6'4
Morineke Atunrase Texas A&M Guard/Forward 5'10
Essence Carson Rutgers Guard/Forward 6'0
Quianna Chaney LSU Guard 5'11
Sylvia Fowles LSU Center 6'6
Laura Harper Maryland Forward/Center 6'4
Amber Holt Middle Tennessee State Forward 6'0
Alexis Hornbuckle Tennessee Guard 5'11
Charde Houston Connecticut Forward 6'1
Tasha Humphrey Georgia Forward 6'3
Crystal Kelly Western Kentucky Forward 6'3
Crystal Langhorne Maryland Forward 6'2
Erlana Larkins North Carolina Forward 6'1
Candace Parker Tennessee Forward/Center 6'4
LaToya Pringle North Carolina Forward/Center 6'3
Khadijah Whittington N.C. State Forward 6'1
Candice Wiggins Stanford Guard 5'11
Tamera Young James Madison Guard 6'2
Sharnee Zoll Virginia Guard 5'7

About the WNBA
Comprised of 14 teams and entering its 12th season, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women's professional team sports league in America. The 2008 season tips off May 17 with ESPN2 again providing appointment viewing in the form of its "WNBA Tuesdays" telecasts. Combined coverage on ABC and ESPN2 will include 21 national telecasts, while NBA TV, the league's 24-hour television network, will offer 70 regular-season contests.

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