Top Prospects Invited to 2009 WNBA Draft Presented by adidas

NEW YORK, April 2, 2009 - Fifteen of the top women's basketball prospects have been invited to the 2009 WNBA Draft presented by adidas on Thursday, April 9 at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, N.J. The list is highlighted by Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Courtney and Ashley Paris (Oklahoma), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman (Maryland) and Kia Vaughn (Rutgers).

ESPN2 will provide live coverage and analysis of the first round of the draft beginning at 3 p.m. ET while ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds. In addition, WNBA.com will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams' selections.

The players invited to attend the 2009 WNBA Draft are as follows:

Name College/University Position Height
Chante Black Duke Center 6'5"
DeWanna Bonner Auburn Forward 6'4"
Marissa Coleman Maryland Forward 6'1"
Briann January Arizona State Guard 5'8"
Lyndra Littles Virginia Forward 6'1"
Rashanda McCants North Carolina Forward 6'1"
Angel McCoughtry Louisville Forward 6'1"
Renee Montgomery Connecticut Guard 5'7"
Ashley Paris Oklahoma Forward 6'3"
Courtney Paris Oklahoma Center 6'4"
Kristi Toliver Maryland Guard 5'7"
Kia Vaughn Rutgers Center 6'4"
Ashley Walker California Forward 6'1"
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton Purdue Forward 6'2"
Shavonte Zellous Pittsburgh Guard 5'10"

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