Some great news for British Basketball; Jo Leedham has signed a rookie contract to play in the WNBA, for the Connecticut Sun.
Leedham caught the attention of the British basketball masses when she stared in the line up for Team GB during the 2012 London Olympics. She averaged a team-high 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists during the Games.
She was selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 WNBA Drat, as the 27th pick, but has spent the past few years playing in Europe and Australia. Leedham currently lays for French Euroleague side Bourges, who she signed with late on in the season.
Leedham is originally from Ellsemere Port, and standing at 5'10" tall, and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the USA's NCAA Division II women's basketball league. She collected 3,050 points when she was playing college balls in the states. As a senior, she averaged 26.9 points per game, and helped lead her team to a 32-2 record, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Final Four.
The WNBA season runs from May through to September, with the playoffs and finals in October, so Team GB might miss Leedham for Eurobasket 2013. Nevertheless, it's great to have a British player heading to the WNBA, and we wish he much success!