Brown

This offseason, WNBA.com has enlisted a lineup of players, coaches and executives eager to tackle your questions on women's basketball. Next up we have answers from WNBA Vice President of Player Personnel Reneé Brown, who talks about the league's eligibility requirements, what the scouts look for in prospects, getting invited to Pre-Draft Camp and more.

Let Hoops 101, and Reneé, provide you with some answers below!


Can female high school and college athletes leave school early and enter the WNBA Draft? Take care.
Renee, E. Palo Alto, CA

Brown: No, the WNBA has eligibility requirements for all prospects which require that any woman (regardless of nationality) may sign a WNBA player contract provided that she meets one of the following:

  • Is at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable season
  • Has completed her intercollegiate basketball eligibility
  • Has graduated from a four-year college or university
  • Or has played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league


    My daughter is only a high school freshman, but she loves basketball and wants to one day become a WNBA player. What are the scouts looking for in a player? What does it take to become a WNBA player?
    Carol, Upton, NY

    Brown: It depends on the postion that your daughter is playing. Scouts evaluate players based on whether they are guards, forwards or posts. Each position has different skill sets, however there are a few things that stay consistent regardless of the position a player plays. All players can be evaluated on athleticism, knowledge of the game, execution of plays and sets, work ethic and poise under pressure.


    Will teams now rely totally on the draft to fill their rosters or will veteran free agents have a chance to go to team camps?
    Louis, Houston, TX

    Brown: There are a few ways that teams can fill their rosters. The WNBA Draft is very important because all of the top collegiate and international players are a part of the draft list. Also, teams do have the opportunity to conduct their own local try-out camps and could sign eligible players from their camp.


    Hello Ms. Brown. I know that this is a very crucial period in the season, but I need a little advice. I attended a small school (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), but I had the opportunity to play against some good players in: Sheri Sam (Vandy), Tamika Whitmore and LaTonya Johnson (Memphis), Allison Feaster (Harvard) and Jackie Stiles (SMS/MVC), to name a few. How do I get exposure to the WNBA (tryouts, camps?) and the many international leagues? Thank you in advance for any help you can give me to 'get my foot in the door.' P.S. I'm a 5-10 guard and I do have a highlight tape, but I don't know how to take full advantage of it.
    O'Desha, St. Louis, MO

    Brown: In order for you to get exposure you need to send the national office and individual teams current video tape of you playing in a organized game and also your resume. The resume should include collegiate stats and awards and if you have played overseas, you should include your international stats.


    Hi. Was wondering how difficult it is for a player from a mid-major to low-major Division I school to get noticed by the WNBA? Or if coaches only have their eyes on high-profile athletes from the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, etc.? Thanks.
    Stacy, Binghamton, NY

    Brown: Our coaches evaluate players from all conferences and divisions. We consistently look at Div. I, II, III and NAIA. We also read basketball publications, newspaper articles, conference updates, watch video tapes and attend games. It is our intention to find the best players in the nation and we respect all divisions.


    I understand that you must be invited to attend the WNBA pre-draft camp. How does a WNBA-caliber player get invited to camp if she doesn't have a game tape?
    CLMack, Fayetteville, NC

    Brown: In order for any player to be considered for the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp, she must meet the eligibility requirements and provide the league office with current game footage and a resume. We will evaluate the player to determine whether or not she has the skills to play at the next level.


    We know that team staff utilize mock drafts, does the front office also do this to decide who to invite to the actual draft or get an idea of what to expect on draft day?
    Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Brown: We do not use mock drafts to determine which players will be invited to our draft. However, we do quite a few mock drafts before draft day as it is interesting (and fun) to try to guess which players our teams will draft.


    What exactly is it that you look for in order to be drafted into the WNBA?
    Khadija/Dee, Philadelphia, PA

    Brown: Each team evaluates the player talent and decides on whom they would like to draft. Drafting players is based on team needs, athleticism, knowledge of the game and the player's ability to perform at the next level.