WNBA draft set for NY, to have ‘Orange Carpet’
23rd February 2023

    M.A. Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

The WNBA’s 2023 draft on April 10 will be held at Spring Studios in New York City and be televised from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App, the league announced Thursday.

The three-round, 36-pick draft will feature prospects on site, with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert announcing the selections live. The prospective draftees also will take part in an “Orange Carpet” ceremony before the draft and visit the Empire State Building.

“We anticipate hosting a truly memorable evening for WNBA teams and fans and, especially, for the incredible athletes for whom this night represents the launch of the next phase of their basketball journey, and the realization of a dream come true,” Engelbert said.

The Indiana Fever have the No. 1 pick and are expected to take South Carolina post player Aliyah Boston. The Fever also have the No. 7 selection.

The Dallas Wings have three first-round pick at Nos. 3, 5 and 11. The Minnesota Lynx. (No. 2 and 12) and Atlanta Dream (Nos. 6 and 8) also have multiple first-round picks. The others first-round selections belong to the Washington Mystics (No. 4), Seattle Storm (No. 9) and Los Angeles Sparks (No. 10).

The WNBA will begin its 27th season on May 19.

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