WNBL to stage first-ever draft on February 7

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The Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) will be staging its very first draft as a professional league on February 7.

The draft will be done virtually. A lottery will be done to determine the draft order. Teams will also get a look at the final list of eligible draftees on Tuesday.

WNBL executive vice president Rhose Montreal explained that the draft was delayed because of quarantine restrictions but they have taken the time to plan out the upcoming season of the country’s first-ever professional basketball league for women.

Montreal mentioned that 17 teams expressed their intent to join the league but after carefully evaluating the candidates, only six were given the green light. The Go For Gold Lady Sailors will also be playing, albeit as a guest team.

“We are very careful now that we are a pro league already. We are really very careful on this because financial capability of the team really matters ensuring that players will be compensated well and commitment to the players will be delivered on time,” said Montreal.

League guidelines mandate that teams can directly sign up to six players without having to go through the draft. Teams that choose to go that route would have to forfeit their chance to pick players from the first to the sixth round. (JNP)