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Griner Invited to 2013 WNBA Draft at ESPN Headquarters

 ESPN2 to Telecast First Round Live in Primetime Beginning at 7 p.m. ET  

 NEW YORK  – Baylor's Brittney Griner is one of a list of 12 prospects invited to attend the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 15 at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

 Joining Griner at the draft will be Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Alex Bentley (Penn State), Layshia Clarendon (California), Kelly Faris (Connecticut), Tayler Hill (Ohio State), Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown),  Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) and Toni Young (Oklahoma State) and  Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M).

 A 6-8 native of Houston, Griner finished her collegiate career ranked first all time in Women's NCAA Division 1 history in blocks (748) and dunks (18), and second in points (3,283) and double-figure scoring games (146 of 148). Her blocks total actually paces both women and men – topping the 564 of Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado -- while her 18 dunks account for 54.5 percent of the 33 total dunks by college women. 

 The Phoenix Mercury holds the top pick in the WNBA Draft presented by State Farm 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. 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).  

 The 2013 WNBA Draft will make history as it will be televised on prime time television 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.  The telecast will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. Host Kevin Negandhi, analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck, along with reporters Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson, will handle draft coverage duties throughout the night.

 WNBA.com, in addition to providing comprehensive draft-day coverage, will serve as the web destination for fans who want to track top prospects throughout the Draft.

 All told, seven Baylor players have been drafted by the WNBA:

2002 - Sheila Lambert (Charlotte Sting, 1st round, 7th pick) and Danielle Crockrom (Utah Starzz, 1st round, 11th pick)

2005 - Steffanie Blackmon (Seattle Storm, 3rd round, 38th pick)

2006 - Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars, 1st round, 4th pick)

2007 - Bernice Mosby (Washington Mystics, 1st round, 6th pick)

2008 - Angela Tisdale (Chicago Sky, 3rd round, 33rd pick)

2009 - Jessica Morrow (Atlanta Dream, 3rd round, 27th pick)

 Besides Griner, four other Lady Bear seniors are draft eligible including Kimetria Hayden, Jordan Madden, Brooklyn Pope and Destiny Williams.

 The current 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm order of selections 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)     New York from Atlanta (19-15) via Washington (J. Thomas, 2/15/13) (K. Vaughn, 2/2713)    

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)      Atlanta from Washington (5-29) (J. Thomas 2/15/13)

2)      Minnesota from Phoenix (7-27) (A. Hornbuckle, 2/2/12)

3)      New York from Tulsa (9-25) (N. Powell, C. Wiggins, J. McCarville, D. Nolan, 3/1/13)

4)      San Antonio from Chicago (14-20) (J. Petrovic, 3/13/12)

5)      Washington from New York (15-19) (K. Vaughn, 2/27/13)

6)      Seattle (16-18)

7)      Washington from Atlanta (19-15) (J. Thomas 2/15/13)

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)            New York from Tulsa (9-25) (N. Powell, C. Wiggins, J. McCarville, D. Nolan, 3/1/13)

4)            Chicago (14-20)

5)            Tulsa from New York (15-19) (N. Powell, C. Wiggins, J. McCarville, D. Nolan, 3/1/13)

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)

 

About the WNBA

The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity.  The league, which counts Boost Mobile as its leaguewide marquee partner, will tip off its 17th season in the spring of 2013.

 Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women's health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

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