NEW YORK, March 27, 2007 - Top women's basketball prospects from around the world will gather for the WNBA's Pre-Draft Camp at Cleveland State University on March 30-31. The camp offers coaches and general managers from all 13 WNBA teams an opportunity to evaluate the top young players in advance of the 2007 WNBA Draft presented by adidas set to take place in Cleveland on April 4. The prospects will showcase their skills and compete against one another in drills, half court scenarios and full court scrimmages during three on-court sessions.
While the last 30 minutes of each on-court session are open to the media, players, coaches and general managers will be available for interviews on the court on Friday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. - noon ET. Additional interviews may be scheduled upon request by contacting the WNBA Communications Department.
League-appointed personnel will conduct player physical examinations on Thursday, March 29, followed by two on-court sessions scheduled for Friday, March 30 (8:30 - 11:30 a.m., 6:30 - 9 p.m.) and one for the morning of Saturday, March 31 (8 - 11 a.m.).
Below is the current list of invitees for the 2007 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.
|Alexis, Meredith (James Madison)
Awkward, Ashley (Mississippi)
Bales, Alison (Duke)
Brown, Amanda (Penn State)
Chambers, Cori (Georgia)
Davenport, Jessica (Ohio State)
Davie, Adrianne (Arkansas State)
Davis, Deonna “Dee” (Vanderbilt)
Diawara, Nare (Virginia Tech)
Dickson, Jessica (South Florida)
Dill, Alisha (Coastal Carolina)
Doron, Shay (Maryland)
Gearlds, Katie (Purdue)
Givens, Chrissy (Middle Tennessee)
Goring, Gillian (N.C. State)
Guzman, Carmen (UAB)
Hairston, Kamesha (Temple)
|Harding, Lindsey (Duke)
Hardy, Kiera (Nebraska)
Hicks, Cameo (Washignton)
Higgs, Stephanie (Georgia Tech)
Jackson, Tiffany (Texas)
Jones, Yolanda (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Latta, Ivory (North Carolina)
Little, Camille (North Carolina)
Lucas-Perry, Victoria (Michigan State)
Lyles, Lachelle (SE Missouri St.)
Medders, Lyndsey (Iowa State)
Moore, Carrie (Western Michigan)
Mosby, Bernice (Baylor)
Murphy, Eshaya (USC)
Neaves, Lauren (Rice)
Newlin, Kristin (Stanford)
Quaye, Christina (Marquette)
|Quinn, Noelle (UCLA)|
Price, Armintie (Mississippi)
Raymond, Stephanie (Northern Illinois)
Ress, Kathrin (Boston College)
Riddle, Eetisha (Missouri)
Robbins, Jillian (Tulsa)
Rush, Leah (Oklahoma)
Sims, Rudy (Arkansas State)
Smith, Brooke (Stanford)
Smith, Tyresa (Delaware)
Spencer, Sidney (Tennessee)
Taylor, Renee (Miami)
Thomas, Carla (Vanderbilt)
Vogel, Megan (South Dakota State)
Wallace, Terra (Texas-Arlington)
Wells, Antoinette (Wichita State)
Westerberg, Emily (Arizona State)
The 2007 WNBA Draft presented by adidas will begin at 1 p.m. ET at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland. ESPN2 will provide exclusive first round coverage of the Draft with continued coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU and NBA TV. In addition, WNBA.com will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams' selections.
In addition to the WNBA's Pre-Draft Camp on March 30-31 and Draft on April 4, Cleveland will host the NCAA Women's Final Four on April 1 and 3 at Quicken Loans Arena as well as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Convention.
Last year, when the WNBA Draft was held in Boston, marked the first time the WNBA Draft was held during the week of - and in the city of - the NCAA Women's Final Four. In previous years, the event was held at NBA TV studios in New Jersey while prior Pre-Draft Camps were conducted in the either metropolitan New York or Chicago.
The WNBA will tip off its second decade of play in 2007 and will feature a record number of national telecasts. Comprehensive coverage of the WNBA regular season will include 91 national telecasts on ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV. The season will begin on May 19 when the defending champion Detroit Shock hosts the Sacramento Monarchs in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals. The WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on July 15 at 3:30 pm ET with live coverage on ABC.
In 2006, the WNBA concluded its historic tenth season with an action-packed WNBA Playoffs. The 2006 WNBA Finals capped a playoff run in which the WNBA saw significant increases in attendance and viewership. The Finals, which aired live on ESPN2, saw the Detroit Shock top the Sacramento Monarchs in the first WNBA Finals match up ever to go to a fifth and deciding game.
The 2007 Pre-Draft schedule follows:
2007 WNBA PRE-DRAFT CAMP SCHEDULE (all times local)
Cleveland State University
Euclid Avenue and 24th Street
(Directions available upon request)
Friday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Session 1 (last 30 minutes open to media)
11:30 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Media Availability
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Session 2 (last 30 minutes open to media)
Saturday, March 31
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Session 3 (last 30 minutes open to media)