Sandrine Gruda is the third player who has won the FIBA Europe women's player of the year award. She came 13th in the public vote but received enough expert votes to edge out Latvian international Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and club team-mate Maria Stepanova.
In 2009 Gruda had won almost everything. She celebrated the Russian championship title and Cup victory with UMMC Ekaterinburg. Gruda was also voted the best player in the Russian League.
She then went on to win EuroBasket 2009 with France and was voted into the all-tournament team. She also picked up the prestigious Gazzetta dello Sport player of the year award.
The only thing missing from her European season was the EuroLeague Women title.
When we spoke with Gruda during EuroBasket Women 2009, she explained that she was just doing her job.
Gruda follows in the footsteps of Jekabsone-Zogota who had also won the title of young player in 2005 before picking up the senior title in 2007.
The voting system used to determine the young player of the year was also used for the senior award.
womensbasketball-in-france.com has been included in FIBA Europe expert panel.
The table below shows how the experts and public voted.
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Date created: 12 February 2010
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