2011 WNBA draft

The 2011 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 11, 2011 at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The first round was shown on ESPN (HD), while the second and third rounds were shown on NBA TV and ESPNU.

2011 WNBA draft
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General information
Date(s)April 11, 2011
LocationBristol, Connecticut
First selectionMaya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
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Draft lotteryEdit

The lottery selection to determine the order of the top four picks in the 2011 draft occurred on November 2, 2010. The Minnesota Lynx won the first pick, while the Tulsa Shock, Chicago Sky and Lynx were awarded the second, third and fourth picks respectively. The remaining first-round picks and all the second- and third-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss records in the previous season.

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2010 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:

Team 2010
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tulsa Shock 6–28 442 .442 .316 .181 .062
Minnesota Lynx 13–21 276 .276 .310 .270 .144
Chicago Sky 14–20 178 .178 .230 .317 .275
Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.) 17–17 104 .104 .145 .232 .520
Shaded block denotes actual lottery result.

Invited playersEdit

The WNBA announced on April 6, 2011 that 15 players had been invited to attend the draft. Unless indicated otherwise, all players listed are Americans who played at U.S. colleges.[1]


  • March 11, 2010: Atlanta and San Antonio swap second-round picks as part of the Michelle Snow transaction.
  • April 7, 2010: Connecticut receives a second-round pick from Tulsa as part of the Chante Black/Amber Holt transaction.
  • April 8, 2010: Minnesota receives Connecticut's first-round pick and Tulsa's second-round pick from Connecticut as part of the Kelsey Griffin transaction.
  • May 13, 2010: Chicago receives a second-round pick from Los Angeles as part of the Kristi Toliver transaction.
  • May 27, 2010: Tulsa receives a second-round pick from Indiana as part of the Shavonte Zellous transaction.
  • July 23, 2010: Tulsa receives a first-round pick from Phoenix as part of the Kara Braxton/Nicole Ohlde transaction.



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

Draft selectionsEdit

Round 1Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
1 Maya Moore +   United States Minnesota Lynx Connecticut
2 Liz Cambage +   Australia Tulsa Shock Bulleen Boomers (Australia)
3 Courtney Vandersloot +   United States Chicago Sky Gonzaga
4 Amber Harris   United States Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.) Xavier
5 Jantel Lavender +   United States Los Angeles Sparks Ohio State
6 Danielle Robinson +   United States San Antonio Silver Stars Oklahoma
7 Kayla Pedersen   United States Tulsa Shock (from Phx.) Stanford
8 Ta'Shia Phillips   United States Atlanta Dream (traded to Wash.) Xavier
9 Jeanette Pohlen   United States Indiana Fever Stanford
10 Alex Montgomery   United States New York Liberty Georgia Tech
11 Victoria Dunlap   United States Washington Mystics Kentucky
12 Jasmine Thomas +   United States Seattle Storm Duke

Round 2Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
13 Jessica Breland +   United States Minnesota Lynx (from Tul. via Conn.; traded to N.Y.) North Carolina
14 Felicia Chester   United States Minnesota Lynx (traded to Atl.) DePaul
15 Carolyn Swords   United States Chicago Sky Boston College
16 Sydney Colson   United States Connecticut Sun (traded to N.Y.) Texas A&M
17 Angie Bjorklund   United States Chicago Sky (from L.A.) Tennessee
18 Rachel Jarry   Australia Atlanta Dream (from S.A.; traded to Minn.) Bulleen Boomers (Australia)
19 Brittany Spears   United States Phoenix Mercury Colorado
20 Danielle Adams   United States San Antonio Silver Stars (from Atl.) Texas A&M
21 Italee Lucas   United States Tulsa Shock (from Ind.) North Carolina
22 Angel Robinson   United States New York Liberty (traded to Minn.) Marquette
23 Karima Christmas   United States Washington Mystics Duke
24 Ify Ibekwe   United States Seattle Storm Arizona

Round 3Edit

Pick Player Nationality Team School / club team
25 Chastity Reed   United States Tulsa Shock Arkansas–Little Rock
26 Kachine Alexander   United States Minnesota Lynx Iowa
27 Amy Jaeschke   United States Chicago Sky Northwestern
28 Adrienne Johnson   United States Connecticut Sun Louisiana Tech
29 Elina Babkina (pick later voided)   Latvia Los Angeles Sparks Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia (Poland)
30 Porsha Phillips   United States San Antonio Silver Stars Georgia
31 Tahnee Robinson   United States Phoenix Mercury (traded to Conn.) Nevada
32 Kelsey Bolte   United States Atlanta Dream Iowa State
33 Jori Davis   United States Indiana Fever Oklahoma State
34 Mekia Valentine   United States New York Liberty UC Santa Barbara
35 Sara Krnjić   Serbia Washington Mystics Pécs 2010 (Hungary)
36 Krystal Thomas   United States Seattle Storm Duke


  1. ^ "Top Prospects Invited to Attend WNBA Draft" (Press release). Women's National Basketball Association. April 6, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.wnba.com/transactions/WNBA_2010.html 2010 WNBA Transactions

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