2009 WNBA draft

The 2009 WNBA Draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 9, 2009. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (in HD for the first time ever) at 3:00pm ET, while the second and third rounds were shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at 4:00pm.

2009 WNBA draft
General information
Date(s)December 8, 2008 – April 9, 2009
LocationSecaucus, New Jersey
Merging teamsHouston Comets
(folded in 2008)
First selectionAngel McCoughtry
Atlanta Dream
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A lottery was held on December 9, 2008. The Atlanta Dream received the first overall selection of upcoming 2009 draft. The Washington Mystics received the number two selection. The Chicago Sky came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx at four, the Phoenix Mercury at number five. For the first time in WNBA history, the lottery balls were chosen exactly according to odds. Some of the top draftees were Angel McCoughtry, Marissa Coleman, Kristi Toliver, and Renee Montgomery.



+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
Bold Denotes player who won Rookie of the Year

Dispersal draftEdit

On December 1, 2008, the league announced that the Houston Comets would no longer operate. On December 8, a dispersal draft was held with teams being allowed to pick based on reverse order of 2008 records.

Pick Player Nationality New team Former team
1 Sancho Lyttle   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Atlanta Dream Houston Comets
2 Matee Ajavon   United States Washington Mystics Houston Comets
3 Mistie Williams   United States Chicago Sky Houston Comets
4 Roneeka Hodges   United States Minnesota Lynx Houston Comets
5 Sequoia Holmes   United States Phoenix Mercury Houston Comets
6 Erica White   United States Indiana Fever Houston Comets
7 Renae Camino   Australia Sacramento Monarchs Houston Comets
8 Passed New York Liberty Houston Comets
9 Passed Los Angeles Sparks Houston Comets
10 Passed Connecticut Sun Houston Comets
11 Passed Detroit Shock Houston Comets
12 Passed Seattle Storm Houston Comets
13 Passed San Antonio Silver Stars Houston Comets
Note: Two former Comets players, Tamecka Dixon and Shannon Johnson, were not selected in this draft and therefore became free agents.
Note: Five former Comets players, Latasha Byears, Mwadi Mabika, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, Michelle Snow and Tina Thompson were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft.

College draftEdit

Round 1Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
1 Angel McCoughtry +   United States Atlanta Dream Louisville
2 Marissa Coleman +   United States Washington Mystics Maryland
3 Kristi Toliver +   United States Chicago Sky Maryland
4 Renee Montgomery +   United States Minnesota Lynx Connecticut
5 DeWanna Bonner +   United States Phoenix Mercury Auburn
6 Briann January +   United States Indiana Fever Arizona State
7 Courtney Paris   United States Sacramento Monarchs Oklahoma
8 Kia Vaughn   United States New York Liberty Rutgers
9 Quanitra Hollingsworth   United States Minnesota Lynx (from L.A., via Wash.) VCU
10 Chante Black   United States Connecticut Sun Duke
11 Shavonte Zellous +   United States Detroit Shock Pittsburgh
12 Ashley Walker   United States Seattle Storm California
13 Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton   United States Los Angeles Sparks (from S.A., via Atl.) Purdue

Round 2Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
14 Megan Frazee   United States San Antonio Silver Stars (from Atl.) Liberty
15 Rashanda McCants   United States Minnesota Lynx (from Wash.) North Carolina
16 Danielle Gant   United States Chicago Sky Texas A&M
17 Lyndra Littles   United States Connecticut Sun (from Minn.) Virginia
18 Britany Miller   United States Detroit Shock (from Phx., via Atl.) Florida State
19 Christina Wirth   United States Indiana Fever Vanderbilt
20 Whitney Boddie   United States Sacramento Monarchs Auburn
21 Abby Waner   United States New York Liberty Duke
22 Ashley Paris   United States Los Angeles Sparks Oklahoma
23 Camille LeNoir   United States Washington Mystics (from Conn., via Minn.) USC
24 Jelena Milovanović   Serbia Washington Mystics (from Det.) MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)
25 Shalee Lehning   United States Atlanta Dream (from Sea.) Kansas State
26 Sonja Petrović   Serbia San Antonio Silver Stars Spartak Moscow Region (Russia)

Round 3Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
27 Jessica Morrow   United States Atlanta Dream Baylor
28 Josephine Owino   Kenya Washington Mystics Union (TN)
29 Jenifer Risper   United States Chicago Sky Vanderbilt
30 Emily Fox   United States Minnesota Lynx Minnesota
31 Sha Brooks   United States Phoenix Mercury Florida
32 Danielle Campbell   United States Indiana Fever Purdue
33 Morgan Warburton   United States Sacramento Monarchs Utah
34 Jessica Adair   United States Phoenix Mercury (from N.Y.) George Washington
35 Britney Jordan   United States Los Angeles Sparks Texas A&M–Commerce
36 Alba Torrens   Spain Connecticut Sun Real Club Celta Indepo
37 Tanae Davis-Cain   United States Detroit Shock Florida State
38 Mara Freshour   United States Seattle Storm Florida State
39 Candyce Bingham   United States San Antonio Silver Stars Louisville

External linksEdit


  • "All-Time WNBA draft history". WNBA. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008.