April 10, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M's Danielle Adams and Sydney Colson are two of 15 of the world's top female basketball prospects invited to the 2011 WNBA Draft held Monday, April 11 at ESPN in Bristol, Conn.
This marks the first time that a professional sports league will conduct its draft at ESPN headquarters. ESPN will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 2 p.m. (CT), in addition to ESPN3.com offering a simulcast. ESPNU and NBA TV will telecast the second and third rounds.
Among the top prospects invited to this year's WNBA Draft are A&M's forward/center Danielle Adams and guard Sydney Colson, University of Connecticut 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. Ten of the fifteen players invited earned All-America honors from either the Associated Press or the State Farm Coaches' poll this season.
Adams, a member of the 2011 Associated Press All-America First Team, USBWA All-America Team and State Farm Coaches' All-America Team, also became the only former junior college player, other than WNBA Legend Sheryl Swoopes, to be named Most Outstanding Player of the Women's Final Four after compiling a game-high 30 points and nine rebounds in the Championship Game win over Notre Dame. Colson, who led the Big 12 in assists (6.1), also played a key role in leading the Aggies to their first 30-win season and first national championship in school history.
After winning the Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Lynx holds the top pick in the Draft for the third time in franchise history. Rounding out the top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), Chicago Sky (third) and the Los Angeles Sparks (fifth).
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.
Historically, the Aggies have had six players drafted into the WNBA in the 37-year existence of the women's basketball program at A&M - former players Jaynetta Saunders in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Toccara Williams in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Mornike Atunrase and A'Quonesia Franklin in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Danielle Gant in the 2009 WNBA Draft and Tanisha Smith in the 2010 WNBA Draft.