NEW YORK and BRISTOL, Conn., Dec. 10, 2012 -- The 2013 WNBA Draft, scheduled for Monday, April 15, will make history as the worlds top female basketball prospects will be selected live on prime time
television for the first time in the leagues 17-year history. ESPN2 will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 8 p.m. ET from ESPN
in Bristol, Conn. ESPNU will air the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
To schedule the WNBA Draft in prime time is a significant commitment by our broadcast partner, ESPN, and is indicative of the growing interest in the
league and the womens game overall, said WNBA President, Laurel J. Richie. We are very much looking forward to the 2013 season and that tips off with
what we anticipate will be one of the most exciting and followed drafts in league history.
ESPN is continually looking for new ways to expand on our commitment to the WNBA and the sport of womens basketball, said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice
president, programming and acquisitions. With the caliber of players that is expected to enter the 2013 WNBA Draft, it was a logical decision to move the
event to a primetime window.
After garnering the top selection in this years WNBA Draft Lottery, which aired on ESPNs SportsCenter, the Phoenix Mercury holds the top pick in the WNBA
Draft for the third time in franchise history. In 2004 the Mercury used the No. 1 pick to select Diana Taurasi from the University of Connecticut and in
the 2007 Draft they traded the top pick in exchange for Tangela Smith. Taurasi went on to lead Phoenix to a pair of championships and earn league MVP
honors in 2009, while Smith, a 6-3 stretch-center, was a key component of then-Head Coach Paul Westheads up-tempo offensive system, helping the Mercury to
two championships and leading the league in 3-point percentage in 2009.
In each of the last four seasons, the No. 1 overall pick has also earned WNBA Rookie of the Year, including UConn alums Maya Moore (2011, Minnesota)
and Tina Charles (2010, Connecticut), Louisvilles Angel McCoughtry (2009, Atlanta) and Tennessees Candace Parker (2008, Los
Rounding out this years top five picks are the Chicago Sky (second), Tulsa Shock (third), Washington Mystics (fourth), and the New York Liberty (fifth).
Among the top seniors currently playing on the collegiate level are Baylor center Brittney Griner, Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame
guard Skylar Diggins, Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers, and Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins.
The telecast will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
WNBA.com, in addition to providing comprehensive draft-day coverage, will serve as the web destination for fans who want to track the top seniors in
advance of the draft.
The current order for the 2013 WNBA Draft is as follows:
2013 WNBA DRAFT ORDER
1) Phoenix (7-27)
2) Chicago (14-20)
3) Tulsa (9-25)
4) Washington (5-29)
5) New York (15-19)
6) Seattle (16-18)
7) Atlanta (19-15)
8) San Antonio (21-13)
9) Indiana (22-12)
10) Los Angeles (24-10)
11) Connecticut (25-9)
12) Minnesota (27-7)
1) Washington (5-29)
2) Minnesota from Phoenix (7-27) (Alexis Hornbuckle, 2/2/12)
3) Tulsa (9-25)
4) San Antonio from Chicago (14-20) (Sonja Petrovic, 3/13/12)