|26 July 2008|
Andrei Kirilenko received his 2007 FIBA Europe Player of the Year award before the tip-off of the game between European champions Russia and Latvia in Moscow on Friday.
The award was presented by FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, with the President of the Russian Basketball Federation and FIBA Europe Vice-President Sergey Chernov also on hand.
The 2.09m Utah Jazz forward won the FIBA Europe Player of the Year vote of both fans and a panel of basketball experts from 25 different countries at the turn of the year.
|FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos presents Andrei Kirilenko with the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award.|
Kirilenko led the surprise Russian side at EuroBasket 2007; averaging 18 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals to go with nearly two blocks per game. He had 29 points and eight rebounds in a crucial semi-final win over Lithuania and 17 points in the final against Spain.
"Andrei Kirilenko is a deserving winner of this award," commented FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
"Very few people expected Russia to win the gold medal last summer and their eventual victory was due in large part to his stellar play."
Kirilenko is currently with the Russian team which is preparing for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Russia, competing in a four team international tournament, won the game 84-63.