Former Buff will play in Germany

Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 4:59 PM MDT
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Former Colorado women's basketball standout, Kennedy Leonard, has agreed to continue her basketball career professionally with Herner TC in Germany.

"I'm incredibly excited and humbled to have an opportunity to play on the best team in Germany in one of the top leagues in the world," Leonard said. "Playing professionally has been a goal of mine since I can remember. I'm very thankful for this opportunity."

Herner TC is located in the west German town of Herne, 23.3 kilometers west of Dortmund. The team plays in the Bundesliga, the top level in Germany. Herner TC won the league championship last season, boasting an 18-2 record.

"We are unbelievably proud of Kennedy," CU head coach JR Payne exclaimed. "We know that she is going to be a great professional player. She has worked her entire life for this opportunity and will undoubtedly leave her mark the same way she did here at CU. The Buffs will be cheering her from afar and we can't wait to see all that she will accomplish."

Leonard, a Southlake, Texas, native, has dual citizenship between the United States and Great Britain. It was announced late last month that Leonard was selected to represent Great Britain in the upcoming FIBA Women's EuroBasket tournament.

The two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection joins former Buffaloes Aija Putnina ('08) and Chucky Jeffery ('13) as active Colorado players in the professional ranks. Putnina spent 2018 with Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungary, while Jeffery recently signed with Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca in Italy.

"I'm thankful for the opportunities that Colorado gave me," Leonard added. "I'm excited to grow my game in a different culture and country."

Leonard wrapped up her four-year career at CU this past season. She leaves Colorado as the Buffs' all-time assist leader, totaling 664. She is also seventh on CU's all-time scoring list with 1,635 career points. She leaves CU as one of the most decorated players in program history with her name etched in the top-10 in assists per game (1st), minutes per game (2nd), free throws made (6th), steal per game (6th), points per game (7th), steals (7th), games started (8th), 3-point field goals made (9th) and total minutes (9th).

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