For the second time in Washington history, a local product will attend the WNBA draft festivities. The league is holding the annual event on Monday from ESPN’s campus, a twist this season.
Gonzaga All-American Courtney Vandersloot is among the 15 players invited to the whirlwind weekend. The former Kentwood High (Covington) star is expected to go in the first round, making her the second Zag drafted in the school’s history. Garfield standout Vivian Frieson was the first last season to the relocated Tulsa Shock. Frieson was cut during training camp and played overseas.
Arizona State G Briann January (Lewis & Clark High) attended the draft in 2009 and was selected sixth overall to Indiana.
ESPN’s coverage will begin at noon PST with ESPN3.com providing a simulcast. ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds. It’s the first time a major sports league has held its draft at the sports and entertainment network.
Vandersloot, the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the top point guard in Division I and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, led the nation in assists per game (10.2) for the second consecutive year and broke the NCAA single-season assist record with 367. She is also the first D-I player, male or female, to amass career totals of 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.
She was a consensus All-American, earning State Farm Coaches’ All-America honors, John R. Wooden Award All-America and Associated Press All-America honorable mention.
Here’s a full list of the prospects invited to this year’s draft:
Name College/University Position Height
Danielle Adams/ Texas A&M/ Forward/Center/ 6’1″
Jessica Breland/ North Carolina/ Forward/ 6’3″
Elizabeth Cambage/ Australia/ Center/ 6’8″
Sydney Colson/ Texas A&M/ Guard/ 5’8″
Victoria Dunlap/ Kentucky/ Forward/ 6’1″
Amber Harris/ Xavier/ Forward/ 6’5″
Jantel Lavender/ Ohio State/ Center/ 6’4″
Maya Moore/ Connecticut/ Forward/ 6’0″
Kayla Pedersen/ Stanford/ Forward/ 6’4″
Ta’Shia Phillips/ Xavier/ Center/ 6’6″
Jeanette Pohlen/ Stanford/ Guard/ 6’0″
Danielle Robinson/ Oklahoma/ Guard/ 5’9″
Carolyn Swords/ Boston College/ Center/ 6’6″
Jasmine Thomas/ Duke/ Guard/ 5’9″
Courtney Vandersloot/ Gonzaga/ Guard/ 5’8″
*PHOTO CREDIT: Courtney Vandersloot cuts down the net after winning WCC title by The Associated Press