ESPN2 to Air Live Coverage of 2014 WNBA Draft Live 4/14
The top female college basketball prospects will assemble at Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the Connecticut Sun, for the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on Monday, April 14. Airing in Primetime for the second-straight year, coverage and analysis of the first round will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by the second and third rounds on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m. The entire Draft - three rounds of 12 picks each - can also be seen on WatchESPN. WNBA Draft anchor Kevin Negandhi will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck, and reporter Holly Rowe.
Top prospects invited to the WNBA Draft are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor); forwards Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and centers Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut) and Markeisha Gatling (NC State).
The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year's WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year's top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth) and Indiana Fever (fifth).
Production Features & Storylines
· Connecticut Sun, Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Silver Stars representatives onsite
· Live shots and reaction from friends and family In The Arena
· Virtual graphics within the telecast
· 'ESPN3 Podium Cam' allows viewers to see each pick live through the third round with sound from podium microphone
· In addition to post-selection interviews with Rowe, the telecast includes individual sit-down chats with Ogwumike, Dolson, Schimmel and other top players
· All-access with top prospects throughout the day
· Interview with WNBA President Laurel Richie
· Discussion of new player collective bargaining agreement (CBA), as well as Magic Johnson's Sparks ownership and what it means to The League
· College head coaches in attendance at the draft
· Exclusive post-pick interviews with top draftees by ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson
· Mock Draft: espnW experts give first-round predictions
· Video: Kate Fagan and Mechelle Voepel preview the Draft
· DraftCast: Live chat, pick-by-pick analysis of each selection and video player of WatchESPN Draft feed
· Photo gallery and player blogs
· Team-by-team Draft grades