D´Lesha Lloyd is shinning with Tarbes Basket Fémenin, averaging 14 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and helping her
team to reach Ligue Femenine 2 top position, with an incredible streak of
eleven consecutive wins.
Last Saturday, D´Lesha Lloyd had a strong
performance again with 21 points, 8 rebounds and +20 efficiency contributing to
Tarbes victory at Montbrison (64-69).
The American guard is coming off a great season
with Portuguese Quinta dos Lombos, being the top scorer in FIBA Cup 2014-15
with an amazing 20.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and reaching the Portuguese
Division 1 Final, Federation Cup and Supercup.
We speak with D'Lesha few hours before her next
game against Dunkerque:
after playing so many seasons in different leagues and last year having a great
season with Portuguese Quinta dos Lombos, being the top scorer in FIBA Cup
2014-15 with 20.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, this is your first
experience playing in France. How you have adapted to this new experience and
how are you feeling on the court?
I have played on many teams so adapting is nothing new
for me. My coach and team mates make adapting very easy, because they are more
than kind and helpful people.
On the court the system is different than what I am
used to. The coach is one of the best coaches I've ever had the pleasure of
working with. He makes understanding the system easy.
Tarbes is in
good shape currently in the top place of the competition and achieving eleven consecutive
wins. How is the season going so far?
The season is going well. I am lucky to be on such a
hard working team. Yes, we are at the top, but the coach keeps us level headed
by continuing to let us know that it will only get harder.
Also, reassuring us that hard work is the only way
that we will continue to win.
year you are playing well, being with Elodie Bertal the top scorers of the team and
starting five in all games. How do you see your role in the team?
My role is simple it is to be aggressive on offense
and defense. I have always been an aggressive player so it fits me well.
I am also to be a leader to my team mates by example.
so many experiences in different countries, there is little doubt your game and
even your personality has evolved over the years. How do you feel now in
comparison to your first years as a professional?
My first few years as a professional I was nervous but
very anxious to play in another country. I chose not to speak to many people.
Later, I realized that the more you interact the
better response you will receive from others. Now, I am very affable, and I
enjoy people. I enjoy life.
beginning of September you arrived in Tarbes and started to practice. How were
your first days in the city and how did the club and their supporters welcome
Tarbes isn't a great big city. It took me a week or
two to know how to get to and from where ever I wanted to go.
The people here in Tarbes welcomed me as if I was
family. I love it here! We have the best supporters and the most awesome fans!
In the following video you can watch D'Lesha's highlights of this current season:
Sport players representation / Representation Agency / Players / Coaches / Soccer / Basketball / Soccerl / Other sports / Search and choice of team / Sports Advice / Development of contract negotiations / Legal and taxes / Profile Presentation / Communication and marketing strategies / Sending of press notes / Campus Search