Chicago Sky Gets Second Pick in 2008 WNBA Draft

The Chicago Sky will have the number two pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. The seventh annual WNBA Draft Lottery was held today at league headquarters in New York, and included the five teams that did not qualify for the 2007 WNBA Playoffs. The Los Angeles Sparks will have the number one pick in the 2008 draft.

Chicago had 97 chances out of 1000 to receive the first overall selection. The Minnesota Lynx will have the third pick in the draft, the Atlanta expansion team will have the fourth pick, the Houston Comets will have the fifth pick and the Washington Mystics will have the sixth pick. The lottery establishes the order of selection for the first six picks in the first round of the draft, with the order of the selection for the rest of the first round and the second and third rounds based on each team’s finish during the 2007 regular season.

The Chicago Sky finished the 2007 season with a 14-20 record, just missing a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Candice Dupree led the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game and was named to the WNBA All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. Rookie Armintie Price made an immediate impact in her first year with the team and was named the WNBA’s 2007 Rookie of the Year.

High on the Sky’s list of potential draft picks are Naperville native and University of Tennessee standout Candace Parker, Louisiana State center Sylvia Fowles, and Stanford guard Candice Wiggins. All three players are members of the 2007 United States Senior National Team.

In 2007, the 6’4” Parker helped lead the Lady Vols to their seventh NCAA Championship title, averaging 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The versatile guard-forward-center is the youngest woman ever to earn the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year and was also named the Basketball Writers’ Association National Player of the Year.

The 6’6” Fowles has helped lead the Lady Tigers to three of the team’s four consecutive Final Four appearances. On the road to the 2007 Final Four, Fowles averaged 16.9 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, and became the first player in SEC history to record a double-double in every conference game, with 27. She was the first high school female player to dunk in a game.

In 2007, the 5’11” Wiggins helped lead the Cardinal to a 29-5 record, the Pac-10 regular season and tournament crowns and the NCAA Tournament second round, averaging a team-best 16.9 points per game. She was named a Kodak/WBCA All-American and the Pac-10 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, after averaging 21.7 points per game and making 14-of-25 from beyond the three-point arc.