Previous Winners

Men

2007: Andrei Kirilenko
2006: Theo Papaloukas
2005: Dirk Nowitzki

Women

2007: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota
2006: Maria Stepanova
2005: Maria Stepanova

Young Men

2007: Ricky Rubio
2006: Rudy Fernandez
2005: Nikolaos Zisis

Young Women

2007: Sonja Petrovic
2006: Sandrine Gruda
2005: Anete Jekabsone


THE CANDIDATES - YOUNG MEN

Danilo Gallinari-Italy and New York Knicks

Drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Averaged 14.9 points per game for Armani Jeans Milano in Euroleague action in 2007-2008.

Donatas Motiejunas-Lithuania and Aisciai Kaunas

Named unanimous MVP of the 2008 U18 European Championship Men despite missing two games with a knee injury.

Averaged 18.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for Lithuania, leading them to a spot in the gold medal game at the 2008 U18 European Championship Men.

Enes Kanter-Turkey and Fenerbache

Named to a pair of All-Tournament teams at 2008 FIBA Europe youth compeitions, collecting honors at both the U18 and the U16 level.

Promoted to senior squad at Euroleague side Fenerbahce Ulker for the 2008-2009 season.

Kosta Koufos-Greece and Utah Jazz

Averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Ohio State University of the NCAA.

Taken 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Mario Delas-Croatia and KK Split

Named to the All-Tournament team at the 2008 U18 European Championship Men, averaging 18.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Currently playing for KK Split in Croatia.

Milan Macvan-Serbia and KK Hemofarm

Averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in leading Serbia gold at the 2008 U20 European Championship Men.

Helped club side Hemofarm to the last sixteen of the ULEB Cup, averaging 5.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest.

Miroslav Raduljica-Serbia and BC FMP Zeleznik Belgrade

Named MVP of the 2008 U20 European Championship Men where he led Serbia to a gold medal.

Competes domestically for BC FMP Zeleznik of Belgrade.

Nikos Pappas-Greece and Real Madrid II

Helped lead Greece to gold at the 2008 U18 European Championship Men, averaging 13.4 points per game.

Currently averaging 10.2 points per game for Real Madrid II.  

Omri Casspi-Israel and Maccabi Electra

Saw critical minutes for Israel in their successful qualification for EuroBasket 2009.

Helped lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague Final Four.

Ricky Rubio-Spain and DKV Joventut

Selected for the Spanish team that took part in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he showed flashes of brilliance, averaging almost 20 minutes of action per contest.

Averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 assists for ULEB Cup Champions DKV Joventut.

Tomas Satoransky-Czech Republic and USK Prague

Named MVP of the 2008 U18 European Championship Men, Division B, averaging 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.

Became youngest player to represent the Czech Republic at the senior level. 

Vladimir Dasic-Montenegro and KK Buducnost

Averaged 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals for Montenegro in EuroBasket Division B.

Named to the All-Tournament team of the 2008 U20 European Championship Men.

Averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per contest in ULEB Cup action for KK Buducnost.