Camp to feature top collegiate talent

WNBA Pre-Draft Camp set for Tarrytown, NY in April

NEW YORK, March 25 – Top college seniors will gather at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, New York from April 7-8 for the 2004 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp. The camp offers WNBA coaches and general managers the opportunity to evaluate the skills of what is being called the deepest collegiate draft class in WNBA history, in advance of the 2004 WNBA Draft on April 17.

League-appointed personnel will conduct player physical examinations on Wednesday, April 7, with on-court sessions scheduled for that evening and all day Thursday, April 8.

All on-court sessions are open to the media, with availability from 8:55 – 9:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday and from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Additional media requests will be scheduled upon request. Media should call (212-407-8022) or e-mail credential requests to Jay Moore.

The 2004 WNBA Draft will begin at noon ET at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. For the first time, ESPN will televise the first round of the draft, leading into its coverage of the 2004 NBA Playoffs. All five members of The Associated Press women’s college basketball All-America first team – Connecticut’s Diana Taurasi, Duke’s Alana Beard, Stanford’s Nicole Powell, Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante and Kansas State’s Nicole Ohlde – are expected to be first-round selections in the Draft. NBA TV, and will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams’ selections.

The WNBA will tip off its eighth season Thursday, May 20 with three Western Conference games featuring San Antonio against the Comets at the Toyota Center, the Sacramento Monarchs vs. the Phoenix Mercury at America West Arena and the Seattle Storm hosting the Minnesota Lynx at Key Arena.

ABC will air the first of seven regular season Saturday afternoon games on May 22, as the Connecticut Sun hosts the Phoenix Mercury at 4 p.m. EDT. On May 29, ABC will televise a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals with the Los Angeles Sparks traveling to Detroit to take on the Shock at 4 p.m.

ESPN2 will televise 10 regular season contests in 2004, with the Oxygen network telecasting five regular season games and Telemundo showing up to 10 additional games. NBA TV will televise 40 regular season and playoff contests. The league’s 24-hour television network is available to 45 million homes in the U.S. and in 39 other countries.

For the fourth consecutive season, more than 2 million fans attended WNBA games in 2003, and a WNBA-record 22,076 fans attended Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills to see the Detroit Shock capture its first WNBA Championship. The 2004 Pre-Draft schedule follows.

2004 WNBA PRE-DRAFT CAMP SCHEDULE (all times local)
New York Liberty Training Facility
711 Old Saw Mill River Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Wednesday, April 7    
5:15 – 6:00 p.m.   Stretching / free shooting
6:00 – 8:50 p.m.   Drills and Half court games
8:55 – 9:25 p.m.   Media Availability

Thursday, April 8

10:00 – 11:55 a.m.   Full-court games and scenario games
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.   Media availability
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.   Lunch
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Full-Court Games