WNBA’s 2020 draft to be held virtually

The WNBA announced Thursday it will keep its upcoming draft as scheduled on April 17 — as a virtual occasion without the need of admirers, media or gamers in attendance.

With the WNBA pursuing clinical guidelines mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league decided to perform the draft remotely. It will be broadcast it reside on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. The league is even now hashing out the details of the logistical arrangements.

“The WNBA draft is a time to rejoice the outstanding athletes whose difficult perform and goals are recognized with their alternatives in the draft,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert mentioned. “Safeguarding the overall health and nicely-staying of our prospective customers, gamers, workforce, and absolutely everyone linked to our match as nicely as the general community is paramount. With that in thoughts, we will get the job done diligently with our broadcast husband or wife, ESPN, to create a memorable but digital event that properly honors these attained athletes.”

The New York Liberty are thought of nearly a lock to decide on Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu with the 1st decide of the draft. Ionescu led Oregon to a 31-2 history as a senior, earning the AP Women’s Basketball Participant of the 12 months even though turning out to be the initial participant in higher education heritage to report 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. She averaged 17.5 details this earlier season with 9.1 helps and 8.6 rebounds to go alongside with eight triple-doubles.

Even as the WNBA has made a conclusion on the draft, the league claimed it is unlikely the time will get started on May perhaps 15 for the reason that of the pandemic. The WNBA has adaptability to start out the season at a later date and will not have to place a thirty day period-prolonged halt to the year — as they at first prepared — right after the Olympics were moved back to 2021.