News   Statistics   Schedules   Teams   Players&Coaches
  Sights&Sounds   Chats&Mailboxes   Fan Fare   WNBA Store

Commentators Announced for WNBA Draft Broadcast

Matt Devlin will host ESPN2's telecast of the WNBA Draft's first round on Friday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.ET, joined by three ESPN/ESPN2 women's basketball analysts -- Hall of Famer Ann Meyers, Doris Burke and Vera Jones. The telecast will mark the first-ever national television coverage of the event, which features what many consider the strongest field of seniors in the WNBA's five-year history.

The one-hour telecast will also feature guest appearances on the set by Muffett McGraw, coach of the NCAA champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as Connecticut coach and two-time NCAA champion Geno Auriemma, LSU coach Sue Gunther and Coquese Washington, a member of the WNBA champion Houston Comets who is also an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

Devlin, an ESPN NCAA basketball play-by-play commentator, is also the radio voice of the WNBA's New York Liberty. In addition to working on NCAA women's basketball for ESPN, Meyers has been part of NBC's WNBA coverage since the league's inception in 1997, Burke covers New York Liberty games for the MSG Network and Jones will join the ESPN/ESPN2 commentator team on WNBA telecasts this year.

Ann Meyers on Jackie Stiles
"Jackie is a 'creator' who can create her own shots, and where she goes depends on what teams need. A player may look good, but may not go until a team needs a player like her. She can go very high, but it depends on teams' needs."
In addition to ESPN2's live coverage, additional coverage of all four rounds will be available on TV, the league's 24-hour television network. The draft will also be simulcast on, allowing fans and prospects alike to log on to determine the draft results. Coquese Washington will host the Draft Day Cybercast and provide periodic reports for television on the reaction online from WNBA fans. Washington recently became the first WNBA player to coach in the NCAA Women's Final Four.

Potential first-round selections who will be in attendance include:

Australia's Lauren Jackson signs with WNBA

Official list of eligible draft prospects