WNBA Draft To Cap Weeklong Celebration In Cleveland

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 15, 2007

WNBAHOUSTON — The 2007 WNBA Draft, presented by Adidas, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 4th as a conclusion to a week-long celebration of events surrounding women’s basketball.

WNBA President Donna Orender announced that the 2007 WNBA Draft, which will be televised live on ESPN2, will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland’s Public Square.

“We are pleased to build upon a new tradition of holding our pre-draft camp and the WNBA Draft alongside of the events of the Final Four”, Orender stated.

“Players compete in the Final Four one day and are then drafted the next day in a rite of passage that is about dreams fulfilled and inspired.”

The WNBA is looking forward to celebrating the great accomplishments, growth and success of women’s basketball and the great athletes who play the game.

The city of Cleveland, Ohio will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 1st and 3rd at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention will also take place at the same venue.

The league’s annual pre-draft camp will be held March 30 and 31 at Cleveland State University. Approximately 40 of the top players in the nation will compete against one another in hopes of improving their draft status.

WNBA President Orender will also participate in a Girls and Women Symposium that will also be held at Cleveland State University on March 30th. This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972.

This year’s draft class is headed by North Carolina guard Ivory Latta and Ohio State center Jessica Davenport. Other top players include: Duke’s Allision Bales and Lindsey Harding (native Houstonian); Maryland’s Shay Doron, UCLA’s Noelle Quinn, Purdue’s Katie Gearlds and Mississippi’s Arminitie Price.

The Phoenix Mercury will have the first pick in the 2007 draft followed by the San Antonio Silver Stars, Chicago Sky, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm, Houston Comets, Indiana Fever, and the Sacramento Monarchs.

There will be only three rounds of the draft.