Winterburn, 19, is one of the most talented junior players to ever come out of the UK, having spent her freshman season at top ranked Oregon where she won a Pac-12 regular season and tournament championship, playing alongside three teammates who would be selected in the top 10 of the 2020 WNBA draft.
Her decision to play in the UK over the options she had in the US is unprecedented, and represents a huge opportunity for the domestic game.
The 5’11” guard has represented the England/GB junior national teams for six straight summers, from U16 through to U20 level, making two European Championship All-Tournament teams.
In this 1 hour 20 minute episode, hear from Holly on:
How she first got into basketball at school
Playing a number of different sports such as a football
Getting selected for the England U15 development squad and realising she could be good
Her role models and inspirations as a young teenager
Disconnect between younger players and the GB senior players
Whether playing with older players at such a young age helped with her maturity off-court
Her first practice with Leicester’s WBBL side as a 15 year old
Advice she would give for younger players to cultivate self belief and confidence
The challenge of tuning out other people’s opinions
When the college coaches came knocking
What it means to represent her country and why she has suited up for the national team for six straight summers
Playing her best basketball with GB in the summer
Preparation time for the junior national teams
Her lack of call up to the GB Senior Women’s team yet
Weighing up options and making the decision which school in the US to go to
Her three visits and the recruitment process
The level of provision at Oregon
The struggle with playing time
Her first basket at Oregon against the USA Senior Women’s national team
Winning the Pac-12 regular season and tournament title
Missing out on March Madness
Making the decision to transfer to UC Davis
Deciding to return home to sign with Leicester and the role the pandemic had
The importance of her happiness off the floor to be happy on it
Whether or not her goal is still to play professionally abroad in the long term
Her aim to help grow the profile of the WBBL and domestic game
Working with younger players
And much, much, more!
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