Leonie Fiebich (born 10 January 2000) is a German professional basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and for Casademont Zaragoza of the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto. She was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round of the 2020 WNBA draft and has played for the German national basketball team.[1]

Leonie Fiebich
Fiebich with Germany in 2022
No. 13 – New York Liberty
PositionForward
LeagueWNBA
Liga Femenina de Baloncesto
Personal information
Born (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 24)
Landsberg, Germany
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
WNBA draft2020: 2nd round, 22nd overall pick
Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2018Jahn München
2018–2021Wasserburg
2021–2022Flammes Carolo Basket
2022Warwick Senators
2022–presentCasademont Zaragoza
2024–presentNew York Liberty
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Representing  Germany
Women's basketball
FIBA U16 Women's European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2016 Italy national team
FIBA U-18 European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2018 Italy national team

Early life

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Fiebich's home club was the DJK Landsberg, and at the age of 14 she trained and played for Landsberg's women team as a youth player.[2]

Professional career

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Fiebich started her professional career for TS Jahn München in 2016. In her first season, she averaged 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In her second season, she averaged 16.2 points and 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She was signed by Wasserburg for the 2018–19 season.[3] She was named best Bundesliga newcomer of the 2018–19 season as she averaged 10.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.[4][5] She played just one game in the 2019–20 season after she tore her cruciate ligament at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Women's Basketball World Cup.[6]

Fiebich returned to Wasserburg for the 2020–21 season.[7]

For the 2021–22 season, Fiebich joined French team Flammes Carolo Basket.[7] She then moved to Australia to play for the Warwick Senators during the 2022 NBL1 West season.[7]

For the 2022–23 season, Fiebich joined Casademont Zaragoza of the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto.[7] She returned to Zaragoza for the 2023–24 season.[7] On May 24, 2024, after two seasons at the club, she confirms her departure to the WNBA.[8]

WNBA

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On 17 April 2020, the Los Angeles Sparks selected Fiebich with the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 WNBA draft.[9][10] In February 2023, her player rights were acquired by the New York Liberty in a four team trade.[11] In February 2024, she signed a Rookie Scale Contract with the Liberty.[12]

National team career

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Junior teams

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Fiebich won the silver medal with the German national under-16 basketball team at the 2016 FIBA Under16 European Championship where she averaged 11.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.[13] She also participated at the 2018 FIBA Under18 European Championship where she won the gold medal and averaged 11.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and was selected to the "team of the tournament.[14][15] She also participated at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup where she averaged 7 points, 9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.[16]

Senior team

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In October 2018, she made her debut with the German national basketball team.[17]

References

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  1. ^ "2020 WNBA Draft Profile: Leonie Fiebich". wnba.com. Women's National Basketball Association. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "She wants to be a professional". augsburger-allgemeine.de. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  3. ^ "A real coup: Leonie Fiebich comes to Wasserburg". sportfrauen.net. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  4. ^ "After the first season in the basketball Bundesliga: Wasserburger Leonie Fiebich awarded". ovb-online.de. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Leonie Fiebich". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Bitter message for TSV Wasserburg: cruciate ligament rupture at Leonie Fiebich". ovb-online.de. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Leonie Fiebich". australiabasket.com. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  8. ^ Rived, Silvia (2024-05-24). "Leo Fiebich confirma su marcha de Casademont Zaragoza". AragonDigital.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-05-24.
  9. ^ Maloney, Jack. "2020 WNBA Draft winners and losers: Liberty add Sabrina Ionescu with top pick; Wings land talented trio". cbssports.com. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  10. ^ "WNBA Draft: Sabally, Geiselsöder und Fiebich ausgewählt". basketball-bund.de. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Liberty Acquire Leonie Fiebich and Future Draft Capital in Four-Team Deal – New York Liberty". WNBA New York Liberty. February 11, 2023. Retrieved 2024-04-16.
  12. ^ "WNBA Player Movement & Transactions | WNBA". WNBA. Retrieved 2024-04-16.
  13. ^ "Leonie Fiebich". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Leonie Fiebich". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  15. ^ "GOLD! EUROPEAN CHAMPION". basketball-bunde.de. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Leonie Fiebich". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Wasserburg three times for Germany". rosenheim24.de. Retrieved 20 May 2020.