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Women’s Basketball: Jones First Cajun to Earn WNBA Camp Invite

Women’s Basketball: Jones First Cajun to Earn WNBA Camp Invite

Women’s Basketball: Jones First Cajun to Earn WNBA Camp Invite

Daryl Cetnar, Sports Information –

LAFAYETTE- Two-year Cajuns standout Yolanda Jones has been invited to participate in the 2007 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp at Cleveland State University on March 30-31.  Coaches and general managers from all 13 WNBA teams will evaluate the 51 invitees leading up to the 2007 WNBA Draft presented by Adidas set to take place in Cleveland on April 4.  Cajuns head coach J. Kelley Hall will accompany Jones to Cleveland.

The on-court component of the 2007 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp will begin on Friday, March 30, at 9:00 a.m., and will include drills and scrimmages.  While media may attend the last 30 minutes of each on-court session, players, coaches and general managers will be available for interviews on the court on Friday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. – noon ET.  Additional interviews may be scheduled upon request by contacting Karen Kase of the WNBA Communications Department (212-407-8022 or kkase@nba.com).

Jones, sixth all-time in scoring and fifth all-time in career rebounds, will attempt to become the second Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball player to compete in the WNBA.  Former Cajuns legend, and the late, Kim Perrot led the Houston Comets to the first two league titles in 1997 & 1998.  Perrot joined the Comets as an un-drafted developmental player after a tryout for coach Van Chancellor.  Ironically, Chancellor, an ESPN television color analyst, called Jones’ last collegiate game in the NCAA tournament.

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.

The 2007 Pre-Draft schedule follows:

2007 WNBA PRE-DRAFT CAMP SCHEDULE (all times local)

Cleveland State University

 Woodling Gym

Euclid Avenue and 24th Street

Friday, March 30

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.               Session 1 (last 30 minutes open to media)

11:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.              Media Availability

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                 Session 2 (last 30 minutes open to media)

Saturday, March 31

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.               Session 3 (last 30 minutes open to media)