On Monday night at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., the WNBA Draft will get underway, and female players from coast to coast and beyond will be watching to see where their basketball dreams take them next.
Two seniors from Tennessee will be among the interested viewers, hoping to become the 35th and 36th Lady Vols to continue their careers in the WNBA. Seniors Taber Spani (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Kamiko Williams (Clarksville, Tenn.) are not projected to be taken in the first round, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The UT players, however, could hear their names called during the second or third rounds, which will be shown on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m. ET.
The telecast will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
Spani, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, is ranked 35th in CollegeSportsMadness.com's WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles. Williams, a 5-11 guard, is 37th on the list, which profiles the draft's top 40 prospects. Full Court has Williams going with the 22nd pick to the L.A. Sparks in its two-round mock draft.
Here are some stories about the WNBA Draft, Tennessee's draft candidates and a profile on Taber Spani's grandfather, Frosty Westering, who passed away over the weekend. Westering also had special meaning to UT's softball staff, as Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly coached alongside Westering as his special teams coach for nine seasons, and Weekly's son, Marc, played quarterback for them at Pacific Lutheran University. Westering, Ralph and Marc Weekly and Karen Weekly, Ralph's wife and UT's other co-head softball coach, all are members of the PLU Hall of Fame.
--Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamiko Williams, Taber Spani candidates for WNBA draft
--CollegeSportsMadness.com: WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles
--WNBA Mock Draft: WNBA Mock Draft Blog
--FullCourt.com: WNBA 2013 draft preview: One, two, three, and then...
--SportsOnEarth.com: Uniquely memorable