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Excitement mounts as start of draft nears

Fifteen accomplished athletes are gathered for the WNBA draft, waiting nervously to hear their names called. Well, most of them are nervous. Then there's Maya Moore, the expected No. 1 pick, calm as ever.

Updated: April 11, 2011, 2:59 PM ET
By Michelle Smith

BRISTOL, Conn. -- With a little less than four hours to go until this group of accomplished athletes changes its status from amateur to professional, a conference room at ESPN headquarters was filled with what Sydney Colson, the dynamic guard from Texas A&M who is still basking in the glow of an NCAA title, described as "nervous excitement."

Many of the 15 players who have gathered at ESPN headquarters for today's WNBA draft nodded at that or expressed similar feelings.

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