The WNBA Draft, scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 9, will be a little different this year. As opposed to past years when it directly followed the women's NCAA national championship at the site of the Final Four, the WNBA is holding its draft at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, N.J.
ESPN2 will provide first-round coverage while ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds beginning at 4 p.m.
To refresh your memory, Atlanta holds the top overall selection, followed by Washington, Chicago, Minnesota and Phoenix. The Sun have the 10th pick. Sun officials have said they'll likely hold their end of the draft at Mohegan instead of traveling to the site, as did they last year when it was outside of Tampa, Fla.
Top players eligible include Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris, Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry, Rutgers’ Kia Vaughn, UConn’s Renee Montgomery and Maryland’s Kristi Toliver. Considering Atlanta addressed front-court help by taking Sancho Lyttle with the first selection in the Houston Comets dispersal draft, I wouldn't be surprised if they turn toward McCoughtry, arguably the nation's top player and certainly one of its most versatile.
Paris and Montgomery will likely be next on people's boards, with Paris stepping into the Mystics' frontcourt (they already picked up Matee Ajavon in the dispersal draft so they've added a much-needed point guard) and Montgomery going to the Sky to complement Jia Perkins and Armintie Price. At least, that's how I see it. Things could certainly change based upon trades and need, but I could also be totally off. But I guess that's the fun of it -- predicting who goes where.