WNBA Draft to be Held on April 14
NEW YORK, Mar. 28, 2014 – WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2 will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 8 p.m. ET and ESPNU will air the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
“WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm will be a significant milestone in the life of these talented young players,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “Through ESPN2’s in-depth coverage, our fans will have the opportunity to see these players as they embark on their professional careers and make their mark on the WNBA.”
“ESPN is pleased to present the WNBA Draft in primetime for the second straight year,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions. “The 2014 draft class will be an impressive addition to an already strong league. We look forward to showcasing them on our 2014 television schedule.”
The Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).
“We are delighted to be the host for such a significant event for women’s basketball,” said Connecticut Sun CEO Mitchell Etess. “This will be an outstanding opportunity for our fans to see the draft in person, welcome the Connecticut Sun’s Number one pick, and see the next phase in the career of some of their favorite collegiate players.”
Last year, the excitement generated by the “3 to See” -- Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins -- made the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm one of the most followed drafts in league history. Delle Donne, selected No. 2 overall by the Chicago Sky, went on to earn the WNBA Rookie of the Year award and became the first rookie in the history of the WNBA to lead all vote-getters for the All-Star Game presented by Boost Mobile. Griner, taken by the Phoenix Mercury with the top pick, and Diggins, selected third overall by the Tulsa Shock, each went on to earn a place on the 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team.
This year’s telecast will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. is the home of the Connecticut Sun and has hosted the WNBA All-Star Game three times (2005, 2009, and 2013).
WNBA.com, in addition to providing comprehensive draft-day coverage, will serve as the web destination for fans who want to track the top seniors in advance of the draft.