2013 WNBA Draft In Primetime For 1st Time

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  The 2013 WNBA Draft, schedule for April 15, will take place in prime time for the first time in the league’s 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 women’s 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 women’s 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 year’s WNBA Draft Lottery, the Phoenix Mercury hold 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 chose Duke’s Lindsey Harding.

   Last year, the Los Angeles Sparks used the top pick on Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike, who earned the WNBA Rookie of the Year award and helped lead the Sparks to the Western Conference Finals. Rounding out this year’s 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.
The current order for the 2013 WNBA Draft is as follows:

2013 WNBA DRAFT ORDER

First Round
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)

Second Round
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)
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)

Third Round
1)        Washington (5-29)
2)        Phoenix (7-27)
3)        Tulsa (9-25)
4)        Chicago (14-20)
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)


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2 thoughts on “2013 WNBA Draft In Primetime For 1st Time

  1. Dennis Mink

    With the number 11 pick, the Connecticut Sun selects Kelly Faris from the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies!!

  2. Banging Heads

    Unless the WNBA takes Kelly Faris in the first round and Doty in the third Round and Heather Buck in the 4th round–who cares about the draft.
    Griner, number 1 Diggins number 2 EDD–no-one she wants to stay at home. Md’s superduper 6 ft 2 guard–7th round
    Penn St Lucas first round

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