Behind The Scenes

Reflecting on WNBA draft

ESPN’s Bristol headquarters welcomed a WNBA invasion this week, concluding with the league’s 2011 player draft Monday afternoon. The WNBA conducted its player selection process in Bristol’s Studio E, becoming the first pro league to do so on ESPN’s grounds.

UConn forward Maya Moore was the first player selected overall, taken by the Minnesota Lynx. Her selection was hailed by a Lynx rally telecast from the Target Center in Minneapolis. In all, 36 players were selected through three rounds in an event presented on several ESPN platforms.

espnW conducted a video stream/chat with fans on its Facebook page with WNBA draftees after the first round. Katie Richman, ESPN W’s social media expert, gives us the recap.

“Our post-draft player live stream was a whirlwind. We talked to seven players including Maya Moore,” Richman said. “The stream setup was right in the middle of WNBA draft traffic. We had a fun time as [UConn head coach] Geno [Auriemma] was swarmed [by media] next to us…almost had our camera kicked over.”

For more on Moore’s selection, click here.

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