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The 2007 WNBA Draft was the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league.

2007 WNBA draft
General information
Date(s)April 4, 2007
Time1:00 pm
LocationCleveland, Ohio
Network(s) (US)ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU
First selectionLindsey Harding
WNBA draft

The first phase, held January 8, 2007 via conference call, was a dispersal draft from the roster of the Charlotte Sting, which folded on January 3.[1] This was the first dispersal draft since before the 2004 season, after the Cleveland Rockers folded.[2] The teams selected in inverse order of their 2006 won-loss record, without regard to the results of the WNBA draft lottery. All Sting players were available except for unrestricted free agents Allison Feaster and Tammy Sutton-Brown.[2]

The main draft was held on April 4, 2007, inside the Renaissance Hotel on Cleveland's Public Square, the day after the 2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament ended.[3]

The previous year's draft was held in Boston the night before the championship game of the 2006 NCAA women's basketball tournament, which was also in Boston. This marked the first WNBA draft ever held outside of New Jersey.

A lottery was held on October 26, 2006 among the teams with the worst records in the previous season to determine the order of the top six picks in the first round of the draft. As in the NBA Draft, the teams' chances were weighted so that the team with the worst record, in this case the Chicago Sky, had the best chance of receiving the top pick. The lottery was used to determine only the top two picks, with picks 3 through 6 going to the other lottery teams in inverse order of record. The Phoenix Mercury, despite having the best record of the six teams involved and thus the worst mathematical chance of winning, drew the top pick. It was the first time since the institution of the lottery for the 2002 Draft that the top pick was earned by the team with the worst mathematical chance of winning. Also for the first time, the team with the second-worst odds of earning the top pick, in this case the San Antonio Silver Stars, received the second pick.[4] The remaining first-round picks, plus all picks in the second and third rounds, are allocated in inverse order of regular-season record, without regard to playoff results (as in the NBA Draft).

Contents

Dispersal DraftEdit

College draftEdit

Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game

Round 1Edit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
1 Lindsey Harding   United States Phoenix Mercury (traded to Minn.) Duke
2 Jessica Davenport   United States San Antonio Silver Stars (traded to N.Y.) Ohio State
3 Armintie Price   United States Chicago Sky Ole Miss
4 Noelle Quinn   United States Minnesota Lynx UCLA
5 Tiffany Jackson   United States New York Liberty Texas
6 Bernice Mosby   United States Washington Mystics Baylor
7 Katie Gearlds   United States Seattle Storm Purdue
8 Ashley Shields   United States Houston Comets Southwest Tennessee CC
9 Alison Bales   United States Indiana Fever Duke
10 Carla Thomas   United States Chicago Sky (from Sac.) Vanderbilt
11 Ivory Latta   United States Detroit Shock North Carolina
12 Kamesha Hairston   United States Connecticut Sun (from L.A.) Temple
13 Sandrine Gruda   France Connecticut Sun Valenciennes (France)

Round 2Edit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
14 Dee Davis   United States Houston Comets (from Chicago) Vanderbilt
15 Shay Murphy   United States Minnesota Lynx USC
16 Shay Doron   Israel New York Liberty Maryland
17 Camille Little   United States San Antonio Silver Stars North Carolina
18 Tyresa Smith   United States Phoenix Mercury Delaware
19 Megan Vogel   United States Washington Mystics South Dakota State
20 Stephanie Raymond   United States Chicago Sky (from Sea.) Northern Illinois
21 Jessica Dickson   United States Chicago Sky (from Hou.) South Florida
22 Lyndsey Medders   United States Indiana Fever Iowa State
23 Brooke Smith   United States Sacramento Monarchs Stanford
24 Kathrin Ress   Italy Minnesota Lynx (from Det.) Boston College
25 Sidney Spencer   United States Los Angeles Sparks Tennessee
26 Cori Chambers   United States Connecticut Sun Georgia

Round 3Edit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
27 Jenna Rubino   United States Chicago Sky DePaul
28 Leah Rush   United States Phoenix Mercury (from Minn.) Oklahoma
29 Martina Weber   Germany New York Liberty Iona
30 Nare Diawara   Mali San Antonio Silver Stars Virginia Tech
31 Chrissy Givens   United States Phoenix Mercury Middle Tennessee
32 Gillian Goring   Trinidad and Tobago Washington Mystics North Carolina State
33 Brandie Hoskins   United States Seattle Storm Ohio State
34 Kristen Newlin   United States Houston Comets Stanford
35 Ashley Key   United States Indiana Fever North Carolina State
36 Meg Bulger   United States Sacramento Monarchs West Virginia
37 Emily Westerberg   United States Phoenix Mercury (from Det.) Arizona State
38 Amanda Brown   Canada Los Angeles Sparks Penn State
39 Kiera Hardy   United States Connecticut Sun Nebraska

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "All-Time WNBA draft history". WNBA. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
Specific
  1. ^ "Chicago Sky Selects Monique Currie in Dispersal Draft". WNBA. 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft To Be Held on January 8". WNBA. 2007-01-04. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  3. ^ "2007 WNBA Draft to Cap Weeklong Celebration of Women's Basketball in Cleveland". WNBA. 2007-02-07. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Phoenix Mercury Win Top Pick in 2007 WNBA Draft". WNBA. 2006-10-26. Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.