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Get to Know: Katie Januszewska (’04 Born)

In the first of our new player profile series, get to know exciting prospect Katie Januszewska.

The Loughborough Riders guard has made a big impression this season after making the switch from Derby and has looked right at home in WNBL Division 1 action as well as seeing minutes in the WBBL for Leicester.

Katie Januszewska

Year born: 2004
Class: 2022
Hometown: Derby
Position: Guard
Current club: Leicester Riders / Charnwood
Former teams: Derby Trailblazers, Leicester Warriors

Describe your game/style of play:

KJ: I am a competitive team player with strong desire to win and a great work ethic, right up until the final buzzer!

Favourite basketball moment/memory?

KJ: Playing for GB and England [junior teams] as well as getting to train and play with the WBBL team this year.

Best personal performance you’ve had?

KJ: I had 50 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists for the Under-16s against Sheffield Hatters in January, 2020.

Biggest lesson you’ve learned in basketball?

KJ: Always strive to be the best you can possibly be every day and learn from your mistakes.

How would you assess the 2020-21 season so far?

KJ: It has been a disruptive season due to COVID, but despite this we have still been able to come together as a team and have a good start to the season. I have enjoyed the challenge of playing in the WBBL and being able to learn from them and the diversity of experience my teammates have.

2021 goals:

KJ: My goal for 2021 for Division 1 is to lead and develop both the team and myself as a player. From a team perspective, we want to compete with the top teams in the league and continue to grow from each performance.

My goal for WBBL is to continue to learn from the experience within the team and continue to develop as a player. My longer term ambition is to achieve a scholarship to America.

Who is going to have a big 2021?

KJ: Makana Stone as she is a great all-round team player who has had a very strong start to the season.

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