February 28, 2024 

How to watch the 2024 WNBA Draft revealed

BAM provides a stage for show on WNBA's future

In the coming months, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will host the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, and, perhaps, Caitlin Clark. The WNBA announced that the 2024 draft will be held on Monday, Apr. 15 at BAM. The event will be aired live on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and the draft picks will be announced by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  

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This will be the first draft since the 2014-16 drafts, which were held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., open to fans. Approximately 1,000 tickets will be available for purchase in March on wnbaexperiences.com for fans to experience the draft in person.

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“We are focused on creating elevated events that WNBA fans won’t want to miss, at a time when the energy for the WNBA has never been higher,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “Last season resulted in our most-watched-regular season in over two decades, our highest total attendance in 13 years and set record figures across WNBA digital and social platforms. As the official start to the WNBA season, we knew the WNBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm should be transformed into a larger, fan-focused event to celebrate the incredible talent set to enter the draft. With the continued support of ESPN, State Farm, and associate partner U.S. Bank, we anticipate hosting a truly memorable evening for WNBA teams and fans and, of course, for the immensely talented athletes for whom this night represents the realization of a dream come true and the commencement of the next phase of their basketball journey.” 

Before the evening kicks off, the prospects get to visit the Empire State Building for a lighting ceremony to celebrate the 2024 WNBA draft. Then, they get a chance to shine on the WNBA’s “Orange Carpet” before Engelbert begins announcing the picks. 

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On Dec. 10, during the WNBA Draft Lottery, the Indiana Fever got the top pick in this year’s draft. The team will be followed in succession by the Los Angeles Sparks and the Chicago Sky. 

Many decisions that will shape the top of this year’s draft remain unannounced, with both Clark and Stanford’s Cameron Brink still publicly undecided. Connecticut’s Paige Bueckers announced earlier this month that she is returning to school next season.

The previous 10 No. 1 overall draft picks were:

  • 2023: Aliyah Boston, Indiana Fever
  • 2022: Rhyne Howard, Atlanta Dream 
  • 2021: Charli Collier, Dallas Wings
  • 2020: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty 
  • 2019: Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces
  • 2018: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • 2017: Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces (formerly San Antonio Stars)
  • 2016: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • 2015: Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm
  • 2014: Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut Sun 

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Written by Sydney Wingfield

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