Secaucus, N.J. - As always, the 2005 WNBA Draft was quite the event here at the NBAE Studios. With 15 of the top college players in the nation, their families, friends and, in several cases, their college coaches, not to mention the dozens of media outlets and NBA and WNBA officials, things can get quite hectic. Of course, you see very little of that on ESPN2 and NBA TV, but much of what goes on behind the scenes is often the most entertaining.

1. New York, New York

With nothing to do but wait, a dozen picks visited the NBA Offices on New York's Fifth Avenue Friday to meet some fof the league personnel. After the formal introductions, they were free to roam about town. For several, it was their first trip to the Big Apple. Later that night, on the eve of the biggest day of their lives, the top prospects headed to the ESPN Zone in Times Square for a night of bonding and fun.

"I think it took our minds off of things, gave us an opportunity to play some games and mingle among each other," said LSU guard Temeka Johnson, Washington's No. 6 selection. "It was fun. I enjoyed it a lot."

One of the activities at the entertainment venue included a basketball arcade game. However, the competition was not as intense as one might expect.

"I donít think we tried to be as competitive as we normally are," Johnson said. "I think we just made it more fun. Weíre just trying to enjoy the moment and soak up everything."

Although many of players needed the distraction of the night out to cope with the pressures of the Draft, Florida State guard Roneeka Hodges was not one of them.

"I've been fine all the way through," the eventual 15th selection of the Houston Comets said. "It makes me nervous Iím so calm about it because Iím thinking Iíll get really weird on Draft Day."

2. Two of a Kind

If Hodges was calm about entering the world of professional basketball, perhaps it was because she had already experienced it. Her identical twin sister, Doneeka, was a second-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2004 WNBA Draft.

"She just told me donít worry about it, because some things are out of your control," the newest member of the Comets said. "We usually talk about different things on a day-to-day basis but nothing that specific. Iím already kind of experiencing things in Doneeka's career through her, so I have a better feel for things."

3. Baby Boy

The Hodges sisters were not the only set of twins associated with this year's Draft. Detroit Shock center Kara Braxton, the seventh overall pick, also has a twin sister who played at the University of Georgia. Braxton sat out her senior season in Athens while pregnant with her three-month old son, Jelani. During the interview process, the big question WNBA teams had about the 6-6 forward was whether or not she could shake off the rust of such a long layoff.

"Iíve had a year off," Braxton said. "When I went to the Pre-Draft camp, it was a little challenging just because of the fact that Iím coming off a pregnancy and hadnít played in a while, and the other girls had played all season. Once I go to training camp and get my wind back and all that good stuff, I think I should be good."

4. High Hopes

Also present at the 2005 WNBA Draft was 6-1, 230-pound Georgia linebacker Odell Thurman, Braxton's boyfriend and the father of the couple's child. Ironically, Thurman is an expected Day One pick in next weekís NFL Draft.

"Itís real exciting because both of us are kind of going through the same thing right now," Braxton said. "Itís fun, an honor to be here, and my boyfriendís going to go [in the draft] next week. Itís just so exciting to me, I canít wait to see the results next week and heís excited for me this week. Iím just happy."

Thurman was proud of the way Braxton battled past the adversity of having to sit out her senior campaign.

"Kara's getting a chance to pursue her life long dream," he said. "She stayed focus. She worked through it. Weíre still where we want to be today."

As for Jelani, Braxton had this to say: "Heís big. Iím the tall one, the 6-6 long one. Odellís a big one as well. So our son is long and has muscles already."

5. What You Didn't See

ESPN and NBA TV used 50 crew members, six cameras and six microphones to stage the television production of the Draft and beam it live into your living rooms. The set of the Draft at NBA Entertainment's studio took all of Friday to assemble, was partially deconstructed during an evening taping of an NBA TV show and then resurrected Saturday morning. The television set was not the only thing requiring assembly, however. A hospitality tent was erected for players and their families to dine in while a connecting tent served as a press conference area/media workspace.

The WNBA Events and Attractions team created the 4,200 square foot space over a period of four days. Items served in the hospitality tent included: beef tenderloin garnished with pepperoncini; chicken marinated with free thyme, clover honey and Dijon mustard; grilled vegetables and mozzarella cheese with pesto olive oil wrap; and tri-color tortellini salad.