Barlow, Thornton passed over in WNBA draft
Their college careers are behind them, but there might be a chance that Notre Dame guard Ashley Barlow (Pike) and Butler forward Melanie Thornton (Carmel, right) could still find themselves in the WNBA sometime in the future.
Both were listed on the WNBA website as prospects for the draft that occurred today, but neither was taken in the first three rounds of 36 total players. Tina Charles of Connecticut was the WNBA No. 1 pick and she will be staying close to her fan base with the Connecticut Sun. The Indianapolis Fever drafted 5’9 G Jene Morris of San Diego State, 5’9 G/F Armelie Lumanu of Mississippi State, and 6’1 F Joy Cheek of Duke.
Despite not being drafted, either Barlow or Thornton could be invited by a team to compete at training camp for a spot on a WNBA roster this season. If not, there is always the option to play overseas, where the women’s pro game is more well-received than it is here in the States.
WNBA teams open training camp April 25 and exhibition games begin April 30. The league’s 14th season will start May 15.
- Ashley Barlow WNBA Prospect Profile
- Melanie Thornton WNBA Prospect Profile
- WNBA 2010 Draft Board
- Notre Dame’s Barlow not ready to give up basketball – Indianapolis Star
Photo from the Butler women’s basketball website.