How will the draft night work?
The draft will run with a snake format over 5 rounds. Each captain makes their first-round pick. When the first round is over, the team that picked last in the first round picks first in the second round — in other words, the draft ‘snakes’ back on itself. The first round will be decided via ‘lottery’ and communicated with captains prior to the draft.
Who is exciting?
Rachel Brewster – Brewster spent the 2019/2020 WNBL season with the Melbourne Boomers after a good season with Nunawading in NBL1, she graduated from NCAA Division One program, Utah State and will bring strong scoring ability and leadership to any squad that picks her up.
Amy O’Neill – Amy spent the 2019/2020 season as a Development Player with the eventual Runners-Up, Southside Flyers following a strong season with Sandringham Sabres in NBL1. Amy graduated from St. Francis Brooklyn University and was among their all-time leaders in assists and steals – she will bring a strong presence on both ends at the PG position.
Kristy Rinaldi – Kristy Rinaldi has played nearly 300 games with the Ballarat Rush in SEABL competition and was set to take the court again for them to tick over 300 games in the 2020 NBL1 competition. Kristy brings WNBL experience with 3 clubs spanning across a 7-year career and will provide terrific leadership and scoring for the team that drafts her.
What does each captain need?
Abby Chernishoff – Abby has selected two of the best young athletes to wear a Blues uniform in recent times in Lana Hollingsworth and Kassie Boorer, look for Abby to select players with leadership and some size to help her compete with the bigger players in the competition.
Kiera Rowe – Kiera is one of the best young wings in the country and has not messed around in selecting her marquee players, Bec Pizzey and Taylah Gilliam to provide a solid foundation – all with WNBL experience. Look for her to get a strong presence at the PG position as well as some size to support Bec down low.
Courtney Wilkins – Courtney is one of the best shooters in the competition, pair that with Blues legend Kelly Bowen and Tori Jackson and they are already going to be a handful for any side. Courtney will need to find a floor general early in the draft to help run the show as well as some more size at the wing positions.
Samara Hill – Samara has partnered with former Sabres teammates Ella Batish and Amelia Todhunter and will be looking to draft some extra scoring and athleticism at the wing positions.
Steph Reid – Steph has managed to secure the talents of Eliza West and Ella Hellessey and will be looking for some young shooters to be spotting up as well as some depth and athleticism at the wings.
Saraid Taylor – Saraid Taylor has one of the most balanced marquee line ups with guard, Gemma Simon, and the dynamic Sherry Glennie to go with her play at the wing but she will need more of a low-post presence to support Glennie as well as some more shooting at the wings.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE DRAFT?
The draft will be live-streamed via Premier League Basketball’s Facebook Page from 6:00 pm tomorrow night.