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Jo Leedham
Jo Leedham
DOB5th Dec 1987
BirthplaceEllesmere Port, England
Height1.80 m (5' 11")
PositionGuard
ClubBourges, France
Caps59
Home Nation Caps
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International Career:

Now one of the fulcrums of the Great Britain team, Leedham represented England at Cadette and Under-16 level before spending two summers in the GB Under-20 ranks. Her senior debut arrived in a friendly against Finland in 2006 but it was in 2008 that she established herself, hitting the buzzer-beating jump shot against Germany that gave the national side its first ever Division A victory. In 2010, she averaged a team-high 18 ppg to lead the team to the EuroBasket Women Finals. In that 2011 tournament, she ranked 6th overall in three-point percentage (40.9%), scoring 11 points in games against eventual finalists Russia and Turkey.

She was part of the Team GB Olympic team in London in 2012, averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game.

Year by Year Stats:

 

 

PPG

RPG

APG

2012 Olympic Games (Great Britain)

16.2

5.2

2.2

2011 EuroBasket Women Finals(Great Britain)

12

3.5

1.5

2010 European Division A (Great Britain)

18

4.5

2.7

2008-9 European Division A (Great Britain)

11.4

3.1

1.9

Club career:

Bourges (2012-13), Bulleen Boomers (2011-12), AZS Gorzow, Poland (2010-11), Franklin Pierce University, USA (2006-10), Ellesmere Port Panthers, UK (2002-6)

Beginning her career with her local club, Ellesmere Port Panthers, Jo took up a scholarship with Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where she become one of the most stellar offensive threats ever in college basketball. She is leading all-time scorer in NCAA Division II with 3050 points, ranking fifth against all levels of the college game. In her senior year, she averaged a division-best 26.9 points per game, leading her university to the Final Four. She was named as the (USA) National Player of the Year.

Chosen in the third round (27th overall) in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun, she made her professional bow with Polish club Gorzow. In her debut Euroleague campaign with Gorzow, she averaged 9.7ppg and hit 19 against powerhouse Ros Casares. She missed the second half of the season to battle against patellar tendinitis in her knee, rehabbing at Bisham Abbey under the care of British Basketball’s medical support team. She has spent the 2011-12 campaign in Australia, playing in the WNBL, where she helped Bulleen Bombers reach the league’s Grand Final. Joining French club Bourges, Leedham became only the second British player ever to play in the semi-finals of Euroleague Women in 2013, averaging 8.4 points in the competition. She also helped the team to the French LFB play-off championship. Leedham is spending the early part of Summer 2013 at training camp with the Connecticut Sun.
 

 

Year

Team

PPG

RPG

APG

2010-11

Gorzow

10.8

3.1

1.2

2011-12

Bulleen

9.6

4.8

1.9

2012-13

Bourges

8.7

4.5

1.7

Personal:

Jo has two sisters, Jennifer and Kirsty. Jen is a former Great Britain senior international (1 cap), who played alongside Jo at Franklin Pierce before becoming assistant coach at the university. She cites her best moment in basketball as watching the 2010 WNBA Draft. Her favourite Olympic memories are watching Sweden’s Carolina Kluft win the heptathlon and Kelly Holmes claim the 800/1500 metres double in 2004.

Trivia:

In 2011-12, her coach at Bulleen Boomers Tom Maher had been her former GB head coach.

Twitter:

@joey_leedham13

 
Date Opposition Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
13/08/2008
Ukraine Women
30


6
5
4
14
20/08/2008
Lithuania Women
24



3
3
14
23/08/2008
Germany Women
26



6
1
16
27/08/2008
Israel Women
26



4

7
30/08/2008
Ukraine Women
16



1
1

06/09/2008
Lithuania Women
24



1
1
17
10/09/2008
Germany Women
27



3
4
16
13/09/2008
Israel Women
21



2
2
9
Total Played 8 194
0
0
6
25
16
93
Averages
24.25
0
0
0.75
3.13
2
11.63
Competition Team Played Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
2008 - Eurobasket Women 2008
Great Britain Women
8
194


6
25
16
93
2008 Total

8
194


6
25
16
93
2008 averages


24.25
0
0
0.75
3.13
2
11.63
Total - EuroBasket Women 2015

8
194


6
25
16
93
Total

8
194
0
0
6
25
16
93
Averages


24.25
0
0
0.75
3.13
2
11.63
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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