ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios will be bustling with excitement on Wednesday when the 2012 WNBA Draft Lottery — to establish the first four picks of next April’s draft — will be held during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.
While the WNBA Draft has been on ESPN’s campus the last two April’s, this marks the first time in league history the Lottery will be aired nationally. ESPN anchor Stuart Scott and basketball analyst Carolyn Peck will reveal the Lottery winner from ESPN’s Studio A.
The winner of the WNBA Lottery will secure the top pick in the 2013 Draft, which will be held next April and is expected to have a solid group of players coming into the league from the college ranks, including Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins.
The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third round is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records from 2012.
The Washington Mystics, Chicago Sky, Phoenix Mercury and Tulsa Shock will each have representatives in attendance and the top selection will be interviewed during the SportsCenter segment.
The WNBA playoffs kick off tomorrow night on ESPN2 with New York at Connecticut (8 p.m. ET) and San Antonio at Los Angeles (10 p.m.).