WNBA draft hopes to bring excitement back to women's basketball

WNBA draft hopes to bring excitement back to women's basketball

POSTED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:49am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 4:25pm

The WNBA draft wrapped up in Bristol, Connecticut, Monday night and brought a new brand of excitement back to women's basketball.

As projected, Baylor's 6'8" center, Brittney Griner, went to the Phoenix Mercury in the first pick of the draft. The city of Phoenix wasted no time in marketing their newest superstar.

Phoenix revealed a 77-foot banner in the downtown area welcoming Griner to the league. A "Griner 42" jersey is already available for purchase and the  Mercury also "renamed" a roadway near the basketball arena to "Griner Street."

When asked about the pressures of being drafted first over-all and taking her talents to Phoenix, this is what Griner told ESPN:

"There's really no pressure because I'm surrounded by all these great players and I'm going to take advantage of it by learning from them. I don't have to come in and be the focal point, I can just come in and focus on one little thing and whatever that thing is, bring it to the court."

Griner joins former UCONN standout and veteran WNBA player, Diana Taurasi, as a member of the Phoenix Mercury.

Baylor's, Brooklyn Pope was taken in the 28th pick of the draft by the Chicago Sky, while Texas A&M junior, Kelsey Bone was taken fifth by the New York Liberty.

Here is a complete list of the draftees and their new home teams:


1. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

2. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky

3. Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock

4. Tayler Hill, Washington Mystics

5. Kelsey Bone, New York Liberty

6. Tianna Hawkins, Seattle Storm

7. Toni Young, New York Liberty

8. Kayla Alexander, San Antonio Silver Stars

9. Layshia Clarendon, Indiana Fever

10. A'dia Matthies, Los Angeles Sparks

11. Kelly Faris, Connecticut Sun

12. Lindsey Moore, Minnesota Lynx


1. Alex Bentley, Atlanta Dream

2. Sugar Rodgers, Minnesota Lynx

3. Kamiko Williams, New York Liberty

4. Davellyn Whyte, San Antonio Silver Stars

5. Nadirah McKenith, Washington Mystics

6. Chelsea Poppens, Seattle Storm

7. Emma Meesseman, Washington Mystics

8. Diandra Tchatchouang, San Antonio Silver Stars

9. Jasmine Hassel, Indiana Fever

10. Brittany Chambers, Los Angeles Sparks

11. Anna Prins, Connecticut Sun

12. Chucky Jeffery, Minnesota Lynx


1. Shenneika Smith, New York Liberty

2. Nikki Greene, Phoenix Mercury

3. Olcay Cakir, New York Liberty

4. Brooklyn Pope, Chicago Sky

5. Angel Goodrish, Tulsa Shock

6. Jasmine James, Seattle Storm

7. Anna Marie Armstrong, Atlanta Dream

8. Whitney Hand, San Antonio Silver Stars

9. Jennifer George, Indiana Fever

10. Alina Iagupova, Los Angeles Sparks

11. Andrea Smith, Connecticut Sun

12. Waltiea Rolle, Minnesota Lynx

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