Sting on clock when draft opens April 16

Updated: March 14, 2005, 3:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The 2005 WNBA draft will be held at noon ET on April 16 at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J., the league announced Monday.

The first round will be televised live on ESPN2. The second and third rounds will air on NBATV.

The Charlotte Sting won the first overall selection when the draft lottery was held Dec. 1. The Indiana Fever have the second pick and the Phoenix Mercury will pick third. The San Antonio Silver Stars and the Houston Comets have the fourth and fifth picks, respectively.

Top players eligible for this year's draft include Shyra Ely from Tennessee, Jacqueline Batteast from Notre Dame, Temeka Johnson from Louisiana State, Janel McCarville from Minnesota, Kendra Wecker from Kansas State and Sandora Irvin from TCU.

WNBA.com's pre-draft includes a NCAA Tournament prospect tracker, in-depth analysis of prospective draftees by Rebecca Lobo, ESPN's Ann Meyers and Sacramento Monarchs guard and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson, as well as insider reports from WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.

The WNBA will tip off its ninth season May 21.

A look at the draft order for all three rounds:

First Round
1) Charlotte (16-18)
2) Indiana (15-19)
3) Phoenix (17-17)
4) San Antonio (9-25)
5) Houston (13-21)
6) Washington (17-17)
7) Detroit (17-17)
8) Connecticut (18-16)
9) Sacramento (18-16)
10) New York (18-16)
11) Minnesota (18-16)
12) Seattle (20-14)
13) Los Angeles (25-9)

Second Round
1) San Antonio (9-25)
2) Houston (13-12)
3) Indiana (15-19)
4) Minnesota from Charlotte (16-18) (Darling, 2/11/05)
5) Phoenix (17-17)
6) Washington (17-17)
7) Detroit (17-17)
8) Connecticut (18-16)
9) Sacramento (18-16)
10) New York (18-16)
11) Charlotte from Minnesota (18-16) (Darling, 2/11/05)
12) Seattle (20-14)
13) Los Angeles (25-9)

Third Round
1) San Antonio (9-25)
2) Houston (13-21)
3) Indiana (15-19)
4) Sacramento from Charlotte (16-18) (Frett, 4/23/04)
5) Phoenix (17-17)
6) Washington (17-17)
7) Detroit (17-17)
8) Connecticut (18-16)
9) Sacramento (18-16)
10) New York (18-16)
11) Minnesota (18-16)
12) Seattle (20-14)
13) Los Angeles (25-9)

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