WNBA Draft will be a 'virtual draft,' still scheduled for April 17

Tyler Byrum
NBC Sports Washington

Still monitoring the coronavirus pandemic, the WNBA has announced slight changes to its draft format for the 2020 season.

The league's draft will still be held as scheduled on April 17 at 8:00 pm ET, but be done in a virtual manner. There will be no players, guests or media in attendance. 

This format is similar to what the NFL is reportedly considering. The NFL's draft is still set for April 23-25.

New WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce all 36 picks and the top prospects will be interviewed on the ESPN2 broadcast remotely. 

"Safeguarding the health and well-being of our prospects, players, employees, and everyone connected to our game as well as the general public is paramount. With that in mind, we will work diligently with our broadcast partner, ESPN, to create a memorable but virtual event that appropriately honors these accomplished athletes," Engelbert said in a release. 

Additionally, the league will honor Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester, who all died in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26. 

According to their release, the league is still evaluating the impact of the coronavirus on the WNBA. The start of training camp (April 26) and the season opener (May 15) are still on as scheduled at this time. 

The Washington Mystics currently have the 12th, 24th and 36th picks in the draft.

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WNBA Draft will be a 'virtual draft,' still scheduled for April 17 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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