FIBA Europe
2011 Player of the Year voting closed

The public and experts have voted and the race for the 2011 FIBA Europe European player of the year is over.

For the first time since they started giving out the awards the results of Women's Player of the Year and Young Women of the Year will be announced on the same day (Monday, 6 February 2011). The equivalent men's award results will be made public seven days later.

Our coverage of youth and senior international events in 2011 gave us an opportunity to see all the players nominated. All the players nominated for the senior award were in action at EuroBasket Women 2011.

In the players nominated for the young women's award only Greek international Artemis Spanou is not playing basketball in Europe.

All the same she had a busy summer. She first went to EuroBasket Women. This was followed by the European Championship for Women Division B in which she had to settle with a bronze medal.

Artemis Spanou  © However the summer of Spanou (in picture) ended with promotion to Division A and a silver medal in the U18 European Championship.

Another busy player this summer was Astou Ndour from Spain who participated in the following competitions:

U19 FIBA World Championship for Women, U18 European Championship for Women Division A and the invitational U18 3on3 World Championship. She picked up medals in all three events.

The only youth player not involved in EuroLeague Women or EuroCup Women action this season is 19-year old Queralt Casas from Spain who was the MVP from the U20 European Championship for Women Division A.

Nika Baric was injured during the first game of the U19 World Championship for Women so was not able to play to her full potential in her final youth international event.

Baric is the only winner from last year nominated this year in all four categories.

While Hana Horáková is not in the list to defend her senior crown, two former winners have been nominated: three time European Player of the Year recipient Maria Stepanova and 2009 winner, French international Sandrine Gruda.

Alba Torrens from Spain is the only other player in the senior list to have won a player of the year award with her 2009 Young Player of the Year trophy.

The list of the 20 players selected by FIBA Europe are as follows:

Senior WomenYoung player
Elena Danilochkina (RUS)Farhiya Abdi (SWE)
Emilie Gomis (FRA)Nika Baric (SLO)
Sandrine Gruda (FRA)Hind Ben Abdelkader (BEL)
Sandra Mandir (CRO)Queralt Casas (SPA)
Iva Perovanovic (MNE)Sara Krnjic (SRB)
Maria Stepanova (RUS)Olesia Malashenko (UKR)
Alba Torrens (SPA)Emma Meesseman (BEL)
Birsel Vardarli (TUR)Astou Ndour (SPA)
Eva Viteckova (CZE)Anastasia Shilova (RUS)
Nevriye Yilmaz (TUR)Artemis Spanou (GRE)

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