For this week’s episode of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we got the chance to sit down with Great Britain Senior International and Bourges Basket star, Jo Leedham.
Currently in her fourth year in France with Euroleague Women side Bourge Basket, the GB Olympian and NCAA Division 2 all time leading scorer is fresh off last week’s Eurobasket Women 2017 qualifying campaign with the Senior National Team and sat down with us for an hour to talk hoops.
In this wide-ranging interview, hear from Jo on:
The recent Eurobasket qualifying campaign and her disappointment at GB not making it
The new FIBA qualifying windows and how she thinks that affects preparation
Her feelings about the GB programme and why it isn’t where it should be
How she first started playing basketball
The transition to US High School Chester Academy, a school with little basketball tradition
How she had zero offers from NCAA Division 1 schools
Why she chose to go to Franklin Pierce University & stay there, despite attracting attention after her Freshman year
Her highest and lowest moments at Franklin Pierce University
How she found out she got drafted to the WNBA by text message
Her career accomplishments so far and the lack of recognition around them
The conversation she had with the Head Coach of the Connecticut Sun when they cut her from training camp
How she got a season long contract offer from the WNBA in 2014 but turned it down
Why the WNBA is no longer a goal of hers
Her desire to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in 2018
Why it’s important to be a role model to young basketball players in the UK
Why she loves playing in France with Bourges
How difficult it is to get endorsement offers as a British basketball star
And much, much more!
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