Recent Colorado women’s basketball standout Kennedy Leonard got the call to continue her basketball career over the weekend.
Leonard was one of 17 women selected to represent Great Britain in this summer’s FIBA Women’s EuroBasket. It will be Leonard’s second time playing for the country after having played for Team GB’s U-20 national team in 2016.
“It’s an honor to even be considered to play for Great Britain,” Leonard said. in a press release. “Playing with the U-20 team three years ago was both an exciting and motivating opportunity for me. It was the most fun I’ve had playing basketball because not only are you learning about the game and getting better, but you are seeing the world, seeing different cultures and making new lasting friendships.”
The team is made up of athletes playing across the world, with players representing clubs and colleges/universities from the United States, Spain, Belgium, France, Poland, Italy and Great Britain. Tennessee’s Charidene Green, St. Bonaventure’s Abigail Johnson and Florida State’s Savannah Wilkinson were also selected.
Karlie Samuelson (Los Angeles Sparks) and Temi Fagbenle (Minnesota Lynx) will take time away from the WNBA for the tournament.
Leonard, a native of Southlake, Texas, is eligible to play for Great Britain thanks to her mother begin born in Scotland.
The 16-team tournament will be played from June 27-July 7 in sites across Latvia and Serbia. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments.