Last night, while we all all sat stunned by the horrific events that took place during the Boston Marathon, our society showed how resilient it is by once again not letting an act of violence stop us from moving forward.
Like many of you, I was distracted last night and forgot to watch the 2013 WNBA Draft, but it went on, as we all do. As was predicted, the Phoenix Mercury selected the 6′ 8″ center out of Baylor, Brittney Griner. The rest of the draft went like this:
2013 WNBA DRAFT
1 Phoenix Mercury (7-27), Brittney Griner
2 Chicago Sky (14-20), Elena Delle Donne
3 Tulsa Shock (9-25), Skylar Diggins
4 Washington Mystics (5-29), Tayler Hill
5 New York Liberty (15-19), Kelsey Bone
6 Seattle Storm (16-18), Tianna Hawkins
7 New York Liberty (15-19), Toni Young
8 San Antonio Silver Stars (21-13), Kayla Alexander
9 Indiana Fever (22-12), Layshia Clarendon
10 Los Angeles Sparks (24-10), A’dia Matthies
11 Connecticut Sun (25-9), Kelly Faris
12 Minnesota Lynx (27-7), Lindsey Moore
Soon Brittney Griner could be a Maverick in more than one sense of the word.
Dallas Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, has come out publicly and said that if Griner were the best player available on the board he would draft her. Griner has expressed interest.
Just a week after a women’s NCAA basketball championship that may have been better played and harder fought than the men’s, it’s time for some of the ladies to go pro.
Texas A&M champs Sydney Colson and Danielle Adams were two of the 15 players invited to attend today’s WNBA draft, along with UConn star forward Maya Moore, Australia National Team member and Bulleen Boomers (Australia’s WNBL) center Elizabeth Cambage, Ohio State center Jantel Lavender and Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot.
Rounding out the list of invited players are Jessica Breland from North Carolina, Kentucky forward Victoria Dunlap, Xavier forward Amber Harris and center Ta’Shia Phillips, Stanford forward Kayla Pedersen, Oklahoma guard Danielle Robinson, Boston College center Carolyn Swords and Duke guard Jasmine Thomas.
The Minnesota Lynx have first pick in the first round, and a likely shot at adding Moore, whose UConn career point tally was a remarkable 2871, to their roster. The Tulsa Shock and Chicago Sky have the second and third picks.
ESPN will broadcast the draft live at 3 p.m., and WNBA.com will have live chat, live blogging, and live tweeting from WNBA players, coaches, and GMs. You can also follow #WNBADraft on Twitter (and help it trend, if you’re so inclined.) Best of luck to all of these standout players.
Whoa. Say that 5 times fast.
Sheryl Swoopes, a WNBA pioneer, has rejoined the league, signing with the Tulsa Shock for the 2011 season. She turned 40 this week.
Swoopes retired after the 2008 season after two seasons of back problems. She has played in Greece for the last 2 years and says that “I can honestly say physically my body feels better than it’s probably felt in the last two or three years I played in the WNBA.”
The Shock is hoping that her all-career averages of 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals will help the team after a dismal 6-28 season last year.
Swoopes has a storied career in basketball including playing on three gold-winning Olympic teams.
[Image courtesy of Lucas Swoopes Basketball]
Donna Orender, the president of the WNBA (and fellow twin mom) has announced she will be leaving the WNBA on December 31st so start her own marketing company.
Orender has been running the Women’s National Basketball League since April of 2005 and she has done an incredible job getting more exposure for the league and growing the WNBA’s audience and visibility.
A new WNBA president has not yet been named, but Chris Granger, NBA Senior VP/Team Marketing & Business Operations will act as president in the interim.
If you were confused, the WNBA is owned by the NBA.