2010 WNBA draft

2010 WNBA draft
General Information
Date April 8, 2010
Time 3:00pm
Location Secaucus, New Jersey
Network(s) (US) ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU
First selection Tina Charles, UConn
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The 2010 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 8, 2010. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (HD), while the second and third rounds were shown on NBA TV and ESPNU.

A lottery was held on November 5, 2009. The Minnesota Lynx received the first overall selection of the draft. The Sacramento Monarchs received the number two selection. The Connecticut Sun came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx again at four, and the Chicago Sky at number five.

Since the Monarchs folded after the draft lottery took place, their pick was simply eliminated.

Dispersal Draft

On November 20, 2009, the league announced that the Sacramento Monarchs would no longer operate. A dispersal draft was held December 14, 2009 with teams being allowed to pick in the following order.

Pick Player Nationality New Team Former Team
1 Nicole Powell  United States New York Liberty Sacramento Monarchs
2 Rebekkah Brunson  United States Minnesota Lynx Sacramento Monarchs
3 DeMya Walker  United States Connecticut Sun Sacramento Monarchs
4 Courtney Paris  United States Chicago Sky Sacramento Monarchs
5 Laura Harper  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Sacramento Monarchs
6 Kristin Haynie  United States Washington Mystics Sacramento Monarchs
7 Scholanda Robinson  United States Tulsa Shock Sacramento Monarchs
8 Passed Los Angeles Sparks Sacramento Monarchs
9 Passed Atlanta Dream Sacramento Monarchs
10 Chelsea Newton  United States Seattle Storm Sacramento Monarchs
11 Passed Indiana Fever Sacramento Monarchs
12 Passed Phoenix Mercury Sacramento Monarchs
Note: Three former Monarchs players, Kara Lawson, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, and Ticha Penicheiro were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft.

Draft Lottery

The lottery selection to determine the order of the top five picks in the 2010 Draft occurred on November 5, 2009 The Minnesota Lynx won the first pick, while the Sacramento Monarchs and Connecticut Sun were awarded the second and third 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 2009
Sacramento Monarchs 12–22 420 .420 .302 .181 .097 .000
New York Liberty (to Minn.) 13–21 261 .261 .284 .246 .200 .008
Minnesota Lynx 14–20 167 .167 .207 .263 .315 .048
Connecticut Sun 16–18 78 .076 .103 .155 .388 .278
Chicago Sky 16–18 78 .076 .103 .155 .000 .666
Shaded block denotes actual lottery result.



College draft

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

Round 1

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
1 Tina Charles  United States Connecticut Sun (from N.Y, via L.A., via Minn.) Connecticut
2 Monica Wright  United States Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.) Virginia
3 Kelsey Griffin  United States Minnesota Lynx (traded to Conn.) Nebraska
4 Epiphanny Prince  United States Chicago Sky Rutgers/Turkey
5 Jayne Appel  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Stanford
6 Jacinta Monroe  United States Washington Mystics Florida State
7 Danielle McCray  United States Connecticut Sun (from Tul.) Kansas
8 Andrea Riley  United States Los Angeles Sparks Oklahoma State
9 Chanel Mokango  DR Congo Atlanta Dream Mississippi State
10 Alison Lacey  Australia Seattle Storm Iowa State
11 Jené Morris  United States Indiana Fever San Diego State
12 Bianca Thomas  United States Los Angeles Sparks (from Phx.) Mississippi

Round 2

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
13 Kalana Greene  United States New York Liberty Connecticut
14 Jenna Smith  United States Washington Mystics (from Minn.) Illinois
15 Allison Hightower  United States Connecticut Sun LSU
16 Ashley Houts  United States New York Liberty (from Chi.) Georgia
17 Alysha Clark  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Middle Tennessee
18 Shanavia Dowdell  United States Washington Mystics Louisiana Tech
19 Amanda Thompson  United States Tulsa Shock Oklahoma
20 Angel Robinson  United States Los Angeles Sparks Georgia
21 Brigitte Ardossi  Australia Atlanta Dream Georgia Tech
22 Tanisha Smith  United States Seattle Storm Texas A&M
23 Armelie Lumanu  DR Congo Indiana Fever Mississippi State
24 Tyra Grant  United States Phoenix Mercury Penn State

Round 3

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
25 Cory Montgomery  United States New York Liberty Nebraska
26 Gabriela Marginean  Romania Minnesota Lynx Drexel
27 Johannah Leedham  Great Britain Connecticut Sun Franklin Pierce
28 Abi Olajuwon  United States Chicago Sky Oklahoma
29 Alexis Rack  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Mississippi State
30 Alexis Gray-Lawson  United States Washington Mystics California
31 Vivian Frieson  United States Tulsa Shock Gonzaga
32 Rashidat Junaid  United States Los Angeles Sparks Rutgers
33 Brittainey Raven  United States Atlanta Dream Texas
34 Tijana Krivačević  Hungary Seattle Storm Hungary
35 Joy Cheek  United States Indiana Fever Duke
36 Nyeshia Stevenson  United States Phoenix Mercury Oklahoma


  1. http://www.wnba.com/transactions/WNBA_2009.html 2009 WNBA Transactions

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