Friday, 9 April 2010

GB's Needham drafted into WNBA

Great Britain international Johannah Leedham is set to become only the second player from the UK to ever play in the WNBA after she was drafted 27th by the Connecticut Sun in the third round of the 2010 Draft.

Cheshire-born Needham, who shone at Franklin Pierce University where she garnered three Division II National Player of the Year awards, could face a conflict with her scheduled international duty this summer if she signs on.

The WNBA's regular season finishes on August 22, 8 days after GB's women open their Eurobasket campaign against Slovakia in Birmingham.

However Needham's college coach, Steve Hancock, has revealed that Sun head coach Mike Thibault is scheduled to hold talks with British Basketball to resolve the dilemma.

"Before drafting Johannah, I'm sure the Sun knew she was competing with her national team and felt they could come up with a solution to satisfy both teams," Hancock told the Union-Leader.

"There have been other players who were in the same situation as Johannah and things worked out. The bottom line is, whatever Johannah decides to do, it will be a good decision for her."

The Sun also had the top pick in the Draft, choosing UConn centre Tina Charles.


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