JOHANNAH Leedham is still pinching herself at being drafted into the American elite Women’s NBA – but is also now setting her sights on the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The 22-year-old from Ellesmere Port is a Stateside college starlet thanks to her exploits for Franklin Pierce University.
But her career is set to go up a notch after she was signed by top WNBA outfit Connecticut Sun.
Leedham, a former Ellesmere Port Panther who joined the club when was 12, said: “I had talked to a few people and heard things about being drafted but I honestly wasn’t expecting it at all, it was all quite a shock for me.”
Leedham is only the second Brit to reach the Women's NBA, and the first from Franklin Pierce.
But before continuing her American dream she has business to take care of closer to home.
The guard’s season to remember for the New Hampshire-based university has seen her break into the Great Britain ranks.
Leedham is now expected to play a major role for Team GB in the EuroBasket qualifiers, success in which will be key to securing their place at London 2012.
“I have decided to commit to the GB programme this summer and next year I will be going to the camp with the Connecticut Sun,” said Leedham, who was introduced to basketball by her sister Jen.
“I have been fortunate in that I have been able to find a way to try and do both, because both parties have been flexible and given me the opportunity to do so.
“This summer is huge for Team GB and I am confident that if we work hard every day at camp and follow our coaching staff, we will be heading in the right direction to put ourselves in good standing to compete in 2012.”