NEW YORK, April 1, 2010 – Fourteen of the top women’s basketball prospects have been invited to the 2010 WNBA Draft presented by adidas on Thursday, April 8 at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, N.J. The list of invitees is headlined by Tina Charles and Kalana Greene (University of Connecticut), Jayne Appel (Stanford University) and Amanda Thompson (University of Oklahoma), who are still competing in the NCAA Women’s Final Four. In addition, Associated Press All-Americans Monica Wright (University of Virginia) and Kelsey Griffin (University of Nebraska) highlight the list of prospects.
ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will provide live coverage and analysis of the first round of the draft beginning at 3 p.m. ET. ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds.
After completing a trade with the Minnesota Lynx earlier this year, the Connecticut Sun hold the top pick in the draft for the first time in franchise history. The Sun obtained the first overall pick and Renee Montgomery from the Lynx in exchange for Lindsay Whalen and the second overall pick. It marked the first time in league history that a team had swapped the No. 1 pick in advance of the WNBA Draft. Minnesota previously obtained the pick from the New York Liberty, which ultimately led to the Lynx winning the ninth annual WNBA Draft Lottery.
The Lynx now have the second and third picks in the 2010 WNBA Draft followed by the Chicago Sky and the San Antonio Silver Stars to round out the top five selections.
The players invited to attend the 2010 WNBA Draft include:
Name College/University Position Height
Jayne Appel Stanford Center 6’4”
Tina Charles Connecticut Center 6’4”
Alysha Clark Middle Tenn. State Forward 5’10”
Kalana Greene Connecticut Guard 5’10”
Kelsey Griffin Nebraska Forward 6’2”
Allison Hightower Louisiana State Guard 5’10”
Alison Lacey Iowa State Guard 6’0”
Danielle McCray Kansas Guard/Forward 5’11”
Chanel Mokango Mississippi State Forward 6’5”
Jacinta Monroe Florida State Forward 6’5”
Jene Morris San Diego State Guard 5’9”
Andrea Riley Oklahoma State Guard 5’5”
Amanda Thompson Oklahoma Forward 6’1”
Monica Wright Virginia Guard 5’11”
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Top Prospects Invited to 2010 WNBA Draft
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