W.N.B.A. Will Hold ‘Virtual’ Draft in April

For the league’s coaches along with general managers, the April 17 draft date will still allow them to finish scouting along with arranging deals. Nicki Collen, the head coach of the Atlanta Dream, said which with the team staff living all over the country, much of the work was done by teleconference, anyhow.

The Liberty hold the first pick from the draft, followed by the Dallas Wings, the Indiana Fever, the Dream along with the Phoenix Mercury.

“Draft preparation has not changed too drastically, as video has always been an extensive part of the evaluation process,” said Cheryl Reeve, the head coach along with general manager of the Minnesota Lynx.

Reeve, whose team has the sixth overall pick, said the cancellation of the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament did affect how teams could prepare for the draft.

“What we miss can be watching the next class of W.N.B.A. talent rising up, creating big plays to help her team win on a big stage,” Reeve said. “although most of the evaluation work had already been completed prior to the N.C.A.A. tournament.”

As for underclassmen who wish to declare early for the draft — eligible if they turn 22 any time in 2020 or if they are four years past their high school graduation date — the deadline remains April 7. The league’s dates for training camp to begin, April 26, along with the regular season’s tip in mid-May, however, seem unrealistic, given widespread orders to stay home along with limit contact with some other people. Whether the league can play at all This particular year will be decided in large part by outside forces, like government along with health officials who have urged against large gatherings.

The N.B.A., whose team owners partially own the W.N.B.A., postponed its season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. Engelbert was meeting with her team from the W.N.B.A. offices which night when she heard about the shutdown. although seeing how the virus was advancing, she had already begun planning for such an eventuality.

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