James Prepares for Wednesday's 2006 WNBA Draft

James Prepares for Wednesday's 2006 WNBA Draft

HurricaneSports 2006 WNBA Draft Central

April 4, 2006

BOSTON, Mass. – University of Miami senior forward Tamara James is making preparations for Wednesday’s 2006 WNBA Draft which will air live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

A native of Dania, Fla., James is projected by many experts to be selected in the first round of Wednesday’s draft.

Recording one of the best all-around seasons in Hurricane history, James concluded her senior season as UM’s all-time leading scorer with 2,406 career points.

Recently, she was named a Second Team All-American by College Basketball News Service in addition to being named an Honorable Mention All-American by both the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

A 2006 First Team All-ACC selection, she averaged a league-leading 21.5 points per game throughout her senior campaign and was the only player in the ACC to score in double figures every game played this season.

James finished her UM playing career as the school’s all-time leader in points, free throws made (520) and free throws attempted (664). She ranks among the top three all-time in nine different categories and is listed among the top five all-time in 13 different categories.

On Monday, she participated in the WNBA’s Pre-Draft camp which offered team officials the opportunity to evaluate draft-eligible players first-hand.

Should James be taken in Wednesday’s draft, she would be just the second player in UM history to do so, joining former Hurricane Octavia Blue who was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round (15th overall) of the 1998 WNBA Draft.

Live coverage of Wednesday’s first round is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 with continued coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU and NBA TV.