2009 WNBA draft

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2009 WNBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 9, 2009
Time 3:00 pm
Location Secaucus, New Jersey
Network(s) (US) ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU
First selection Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
WNBA draft

The 2009 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 9, 2009. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (in HD for the first time ever) at 3:00pm ET, while the second and third rounds were shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at 4:00pm.

A lottery was held on December 9, 2008. The Atlanta Dream received the first overall selection of upcoming 2009 draft. The Washington Mystics received the number two selection. The Chicago Sky came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx at four, the Phoenix Mercury at number five. For the first time in WNBA history, the lottery balls were chosen exactly according to odds. Some of the top draftees were Angel McCoughtry, Marissa Coleman, Kristi Toliver, and Renee Montgomery.

Dispersal Draft[edit]

On December 1, 2008, the league announced that the Houston Comets would no longer operate. On December 8, a dispersal draft was held with teams being allowed to pick based on reverse order of 2008 records.

Pick Player Nationality New Team Former Team
1 Sancho Lyttle  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Atlanta Dream Houston Comets
2 Matee Ajavon  United States Washington Mystics Houston Comets
3 Mistie Williams  United States Chicago Sky Houston Comets
4 Roneeka Hodges  United States Minnesota Lynx Houston Comets
5 Sequoia Holmes  United States Phoenix Mercury Houston Comets
6 Erica White  United States Indiana Fever Houston Comets
7 Renae Camino  Australia Sacramento Monarchs Houston Comets
8 Passed New York Liberty Houston Comets
9 Passed Los Angeles Sparks Houston Comets
10 Passed Connecticut Sun Houston Comets
11 Passed Detroit Shock Houston Comets
12 Passed Seattle Storm Houston Comets
13 Passed San Antonio Silver Stars Houston Comets
Note: Two former Comets players, Tamecka Dixon and Shannon Johnson, were not selected in this draft and therefore became free agents.
Note: Five former Comets players, Latasha Byears, Mwadi Mabika, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, Michelle Snow and Tina Thompson were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft.


College draft[edit]

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

Round 1[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
1 Angel McCoughtry  United States Atlanta Dream Louisville
2 Marissa Coleman Washington Mystics Maryland
3 Kristi Toliver Chicago Sky Maryland
4 Renee Montgomery Minnesota Lynx Connecticut
5 DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury Auburn
6 Briann January Indiana Fever Arizona State
7 Courtney Paris Sacramento Monarchs Oklahoma
8 Kia Vaughn New York Liberty Rutgers
9 Quanitra Hollingsworth Minnesota Lynx (from L.A., via Wash.) Virginia Commonwealth
10 Chante Black Connecticut Sun Duke
11 Shavonte Zellous Detroit Shock Pittsburgh
12 Ashley Walker Seattle Storm California
13 Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton Los Angeles Sparks (from S.A., via Atl.) Purdue

Round 2[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
14 Megan Frazee  United States San Antonio Silver Stars (from Atl.) Liberty
15 Rashanda McCants  United States Minnesota Lynx (from Wash.) North Carolina
16 Danielle Gant  United States Chicago Sky Texas A&M
17 Lyndra Littles  United States Connecticut Sun (from Minn.) Virginia
18 Britany Miller  United States Detroit Shock (from Phx., via Atl.) Florida State
19 Christina Wirth  United States Indiana Fever Vanderbilt
20 Whitney Boddie  United States Sacramento Monarchs Auburn
21 Abby Waner  United States New York Liberty Duke
22 Ashley Paris  United States Los Angeles Sparks Oklahoma
23 Camille LeNoir  United States Washington Mystics (from Conn., via Minn.) Southern California
24 Jelena Milovanović  Serbia Washington Mystics (from Det.) MKB Euroleasing
25 Shalee Lehning  United States Atlanta Dream (from Sea.) Kansas State
26 Sonja Petrović  Serbia San Antonio Silver Stars Serbia

Round 3[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team
27 Jessica Morrow  United States Atlanta Dream Baylor
28 Josephine Owino  Kenya Washington Mystics Union
29 Jenifer Risper  United States Chicago Sky Vanderbilt
30 Emily Fox  United States Minnesota Lynx Minnesota
31 Sha Brooks  United States Phoenix Mercury Florida
32 Danielle Campbell  United States Indiana Fever Purdue
33 Morgan Warburton  United States Sacramento Monarchs Utah
34 Jessica Adair  United States Phoenix Mercury (from N.Y.) George Washington
35 Britney Jordan  United States Los Angeles Sparks Texas A&M-Commerce
36 Alba Torrens  Spain Connecticut Sun Real Club Celta Indepo
37 Tanae Davis-Cain  United States Detroit Shock Florida State
38 Mara Freshour  United States Seattle Storm Florida State
39 Candyce Bingham  United States San Antonio Silver Stars Louisville

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