Ten tidbits you may not know from the 10th annual Draft
Ten Cool Things About the WNBA Draft
BOSTON, April 5 -- The 2006 WNBA Draft signified the end of the long journey its 42 selections took to get there. But it took a lot to stage the production, too. WNBA.com takes you behind the scenes with 10 cool things about this year's talent hunt.
After the prospects in attendence were drafted, it wasn't long before they were donning their new colors. Players were photographed by NBAE photographers with the jersey of the club that drafted them. Pictured to the right is No. 1 overall pick Seimone Augustus holding her Minnesota Lynx uniform.
We caught Monique Currie and Mistie Williams in the makeup chair less than an hour before the start of the Draft. Apryl Sahadi was one of three makeup artists making sure made sure the Duke tandem and the other prospects looked and felt comfortable on their big day. How does a makeup artist get someone ready for the camera, specificially? "We evened out their skin, defined their contours and added depth," said Sahadi, who added the group of women were "wonderful" to work with.
The prospect with the highest number of guests at this year's Draft was Temple center Candice Dupree, with 30 friends and family in attendence. Sounds like excitement, right? "She's pretty vanilla," said one guest about the sixth overall selection to the Chicago Sky.
If you watched the Draft on ESPN2 Wednesday, then check out what it took to bring this year's talent hunt to your living room: 180 lights, 600 amps of power, two miles of cable, 400 feet of truss wire, 14 speakers and 50 combined days of labor.
With a huge contingent of players, guests, media, partners and crew to feed at the Draft, you can bet a lot of food was ordered. We collected some of the eye-popping numbers: 40 pounds of cheese, 20 pounds of vegetables, 60 to 70 pounds of fruit, 300 to 400 cases of soda, 500 to 600 cases of bottled water and 50 to 60 gallons of coffee.
San Antonio Silver Stars center Chantelle Anderson attended the Draft and could be seen mingling with the crowd prior to its start. On Tuesday night, Anderson served as introducer at the screening of the inspiring documentary The Heart of the Game, which follows prep guard Darnellia Russell as she experiences emotional highs and lows during a prolific high school career.
Lisa Willis, drafted fifth overall by her hometown Los Angeles Sparks, was among the prospects who attended last night's screening. The former UCLA Bruin guard not only told us she always believed she'd make the WNBA but that she wrote a paper in ninth grade that she'd be the first woman to play in the NBA. Willis' other goal? Get drafted by a WNBA team in a warm city, hopefully Los Angeles. Congratulations, Lisa.
You could find the orange all over place on the elaborate set of the WNBA Draft. There were basketballs everywhere. One-hundred thirty, to be exact, including 22 on the players' tables. The balls were engraved with the players' names and schools and they were able to take them home as a gift of Spalding.
Among the standing room crowd at the Draft were 22 students from The Harbor School, a pilot school located in Dorchester, Mass.. Recently, the school won a trip to Washington D.C. in the Celtics the sixth annual Assists community service contest. Accompanied by Celtics legend JoJo White and current Boston guard Tony Allen, the students met Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy.
What'd they do to earn that? They participated in a "Math-A-thon" to raise money for research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, collected 150 coats as well as other winter garments for St. Francois House and conducted a toy drive to help provide gifts to children with sickle cell disease at the Community Sickle Cell Support Group.
The WNBA made a number of exciting announcements at a pre-Draft press conference Wednesday. Revealing the location of next season's All-Star Game was Liberty guard Becky Hammon. The contest is coming to New York, folks. Stay tuned for 10 cool things from there...
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