A Brief Look at the History of the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft

Nashville, TN (April 14, 2016) – The 2016 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft presented by Bownet, will be the 13th draft conducted by the league that began in 2004. Throughout that time, 283 college players from 78 different colleges and universities have been drafted into the league.
Draftees are predominantly chosen from the NCAA Division I ranks to the tune of over ninety-nine percent. Only twice in the history of NPF Drafts have draftees been named from anywhere other than a Division I program. However, this year’s draft certainly seems to have at least a few non-Division I prospects.
Among the 78 different colleges and universities, schools who have the distinction of having the most players drafted are Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, California and Washington. Oklahoma stands alone in the lead with 16 total draftees to date. UCLA and Tennessee share second place with 12 each, followed closely by California and Washington who have both had 10.
Twenty-five of the 78 separate institutions have had only one player drafted. The 2016 Draft appears to have more than a dozen draftees in consideration that hail from schools who have not previously had an NPF Draftee.
Of the intercollegiate conferences that exist in college softball, only the Southeastern Conference can boast at least one draftee from every participating institution.
The 12 players drafted #1 overall, have come from eight different schools. Three schools, Alabama, Arizona State, and LSU have had multiple #1 selections. Arizona State owns bragging rights with a total of three #1 picks – Katie Burkhart (2008), Katie Cochran (2009), and Dallas Escobedo (2014). Alabama’s Charlotte Morgan and Kelsi Dunne snagged back-to-back #1’s in 2010 and 2011 respectively, before the LSU duo of Brittany Mack and Rachele Fico did the same in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The SEC leads #1’s as a conference with six total. In addition, the SEC holds the distinction of being home to the NPF’s first ever draft selection, which was Mississippi State’s Iyhia McMichael in 2004. Although no #1 overall selection has ever been voted Rookie of the Year, McMichael was Player of the Year in 2004.
Much social media buzz along with results of mock drafts show that NPF fans believe a new school and perhaps a new conference will join the elite list of #1 draft picks. That decision, however, ultimately rests with the PA Rebellion, who own the first pick of the 2016 NPF College Draft.
The 2016 Draft is slated for a total of 40 selections, divided up with Akron, PA, USSSA, and Scrap Yard Dawgs each with eight and Chicago and Dallas with only four each. Overall order is based on team finish positions in the overall standings of the previous year. Trades can also affect the order and total number of available picks. Scrap Yard Dawgs were awarded 10 original college draft selections along with five selections from an expansion draft held at the end of 2015.
The complete draft order can be found below. The NPF 2016 College Draft presented by Bownet will be broadcast live, in its entirety, on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 8:00 pm ET Thursday April 14. Fans can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the moment selections.
2016 NPF College Draft Presented by BOWNET
FIRST ROUND 
1. Pennsylvania Rebellion
2. USSSA Pride (Trade with Dallas Charge – 3/17/2015)
3. Akron Racers
4. Akron Racers (Trade with Chicago Bandits – 11/18/2016)
5. USSSA Pride
6. Scrap Yard Dawgs
SECOND ROUND
7.  Scrap Yard Dawgs
8.  Pennsylvania Rebellion
9.  Dallas Charge
10. Akron Racers
11. Chicago Bandits
12. USSSA Pride
THIRD ROUND
13. USSSA Pride (Trade with Scrap Yard Dawgs – 4/7/2016)
14. Pennsylvania Rebellion
15. Dallas Charge
16. Pennsylvania Rebellion (Trade with Akron Racers – 1/27/2015)
17. Chicago Bandits
18. USSSA Pride
19. Scrap Yard Dawgs
FOURTH ROUND
20. Akron Racers (Trade with Scrap Yard Dawgs – 1/17/2016)
21. Pennsylvania Rebellion
22. Chicago Bandits (Trade with Dallas Charge – 2/4/2015)
23. Akron Racers
24. Chicago Bandits
25. USSSA Pride
26. Scrap Yard Dawgs
FIFTH ROUND
27. Scrap Yard Dawgs
28. Pennsylvania Rebellion
29. Dallas Charge
30. Akron Racers
31. Akron Racers (Trade with Chicago Bandits – 11/18/2016)
32. USSSA Pride
33. Scrap Yard Dawgs
SIXTH ROUND
34. Scrap Yard Dawgs
35. Pennsylvania Rebellion
36. Pennsylvania Rebellion (Trade with Dallas Charge – 6/11/2015)
37. Akron Racers
38. Dallas Charge (Trade with Chicago Bandits – 2/6/2016)
39. USSSA Pride
40. Scrap Yard Dawgs
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.  The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

Note to Media
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