NEW YORK CITY Top women’s basketball prospects from around the world will gather for the WNBA’s Pre-Draft Camp at Cleveland State University on March 30-31. The camp offers coaches and general managers from all 13 WNBA teams an opportunity to evaluate the top young players in advance of the 2007 WNBA Draft presented by adidas set to take place in Cleveland on April 4. The prospects will showcase their skills and compete against one another in drills, half court scenarios and full court scrimmages during three on-court sessions.
Oklahoma's Leah Rush is among 50 players that have been invited. Rush's collegiate career came to a close when OU was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Ole Miss in the Sweet 16.
Rush is the 12th leading scorer in OU history with 1,427 points. Her single season high was 465 points (15.5 average) during her sophomore year. The three time Big 12 honoree (twice second team, once honorable mention) also appears on the OU career lists for free throw percentage (.795, seventh), offensive rebounds (233, fourth), defensive rebounds (421, 10th), minutes played (3,464, seventh) and blocks (60, seventh).
Her senior season was the best of her career with averages of 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. She posted career bests in field goal percentage (.506), 3-point percentage (.434), 3-point makes (33) and assists-to-turnover ratio (.685).\
Rush is among six Big 12 seniors invited to the pre-draft camp. No Big 12 school had more than one player invited.
League-appointed personnel will conduct player physical examinations on Thursday, March 29, followed by two on-court sessions scheduled for Friday, March 30 (8:30 11:30 a.m., 6:30 9 p.m.) and one for the morning of Saturday, March 31 (8-11 a.m.).
The 2007 WNBA Draft presented by adidas will begin at 1 p.m. ET at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland. ESPN2 will provide exclusive first round coverage of the Draft with continued coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU and NBA TV. In addition, WNBA.com will cover all three rounds, providing complete analysis and comprehensive information on all 13 teams’ selections.
In addition to the WNBA’s Pre-Draft Camp on March 30-31 and Draft on April 4, Cleveland will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 1 and 3 at Quicken Loans Arena as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention.
Last year, when the WNBA Draft was held in Boston, marked the first time the WNBA Draft was held during the week of and in the city of - the NCAA Women’s Final Four. In previous years, the event was held at NBA TV studios in New Jersey while prior Pre-Draft Camps were conducted in the either metropolitan New York or Chicago.
The list of invitees for the 2007 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp follows:
Alexis, Meredith (James Madison)
Awkward, Ashley (Mississippi)
Bales, Alison (Duke)
Brown, Amanda (Penn State)
Chambers, Cori (Georgia)
Davenport, Jessica (Ohio State)
Davie, Adrianne (Arkansas State)
Davis, Deanna “Dee” (Vanderbilt)
Diawara, Nare (Virginia Tech)
Dickson, Jessica (South Florida)
Dill, Alisha (Coastal Carolina)
Doron, Shay (Maryland)
Gearlds, Katie (Purdue)
Givens, Chrissy (Middle Tennessee)
Goring, Gillian (N.C. State)
Guzman, Carmen (Alabama-Birmingham)
Hairston, Kamesha (Temple)
Harding, Lindsey (Duke)
Hardy, Kiera (Nebraska)
Hicks, Cameo (Washington)
Higgs, Stephanie (Georgia Tech)
Jackson, Tiffany (Texas)
Jones, Yolanda (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Latta, Ivory (North Carolina)
Little, Camille (North Carolina)
Lucas-Perry, Victoria (Michigan State)
Lyles, Lachelle (Southeast Missouri State)
Medders, Lyndsey (Iowa State)
Moore, Carrie (Western Michigan)
Mosby, Bernice (Baylor)
Murphy, Eshaya (USC)
Neaves, Lauren (Rice)
Newlin, Kristin (Stanford)
Quaye, Christina (Marquette)
Quinn, Noelle (UCLA)
Price, Armintie (Mississippi)
Raymond, Stephanie (Northern Illinois)
Ress, Kathrin (Boston College)
Riddle, Eetisha (Missouri)
Robbins, Jillian (Tulsa)
Rush, Leah (Oklahoma)
Sims, Rudy (Arkansas State)
Smith, Brooke (Stanford)
Smith, Tyresa (Delaware)
Spencer, Sidney (Tennessee)
Taylor, Renee (Miami)
Thomas, Carla (Vanderbilt)
Vogel, Megan (South Dakota State)
Wallace, Terra (Texas-Arlington)
Wells, Antoinette (Wichita State)
Westerberg, Emily (Arizona State)