The WNBA Draft is set to be held on April 17 as announced by the league earlier today.
With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping folks at home, it will be a virtual draft without players, guests and media members. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks with top prospects joining in remotely.
Thus, one of the first ever virtual drafts. It certainly will be interesting.
The WNBA Draft 2020 presented by @StateFarm will be held as previously scheduled on April 17 in a modified, virtual draft format.
— WNBA (@WNBA) March 26, 2020
"The WNBA draft is a time to celebrate the exception athletes who's hard work and dreams are realized with their selections in the draft," said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. "Safeguarding the health and well-being of our prospects, players, employees and everyone connected to our game as well as the general public is paramount. With that in mind, we will work diligently with our broadcast partner, ESPN, to create a memorable but virtual event that appropriately honors these accomplished athletes."
The draft will also honor Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester, three teammates who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident along with Kobe Bryant.
The question remains if there will still be a WNBA season which is supposed to begin on May 15. The league may have to work around the NBA season and venue requirements, but right now, it is just too early to tell. That decision obviously impacts the potential early entree's into the draft who have yet to declare. In many ways, not pushing the WNBA draft back seems like a mistake for those athletes who could potentially return for their senior year of college as opposed to entering early and not being able to play this summer.
The 2020 WNBA Draft will be aired live on ESPN2 on April 17 at 8:00 pm ET and will also be available on the ESPN App.