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Brit Johannah Leedham (Ellesmere Port, England) was drafted 27th by the Connecticut Sun in the third round of the 2010 WNBA Draft last night. It is the culmination of a spectacular senior season for the Franklin Pierce University star, who garnered three national player-of-the-year awards, and has been said to have had one of the finest careers, not just in Division II, but across all divisions in women’s college basketball history.
It does however, pose difficult choices for her with regard to playing for Team GB with the WNBA season coinciding with the Team GB schedule over the Summer. Sun coach Mike Thibault is scheduled to hold talks with the Great Britain national team to discuss ways of allowing Leedham to play for both teams.
She led Division II in scoring this season at 26.9 points per game, while also ranking second in steals at 4.2 thefts per outing.
Leedham became the all-time leading scorer at the NCAA Division II level in early-March as she dropped a career-high tying 39 points in a Northeast-10 Tournament semifinal win over Bentley. She concluded her career with 3,050 points, which is fifth most all-time across all divisions in women’s college basketball, ahead of former legends such as Cheryl Miller and Chamique Holdsclaw.
Leedham collected 459 steals during her career, which is the seventh most in Division II history. She is the only player at the Division ll level to rank among the top-10 in career scoring and steals. You can read further details of Leedham’s record breaking season here.
Only 6 Division II players have ever been drafted by the WNBA.