Emma Meesseman Gets MVP Trophy

09.08.2009

by Paul Nilsen

Belgium star Emma Meesseman was crowned MVP after lighting it up in Naples with a string of double-doubles on her way to helping her team reach the Final of the tournament.

The center impressed the voting coaches not just with her stunning numbers and sparkling displays, but also her level headed approach and hard work in the paint for her team at both ends of the floor.

Tournament MVP Emma Meesseman (Belgium)
Tournament MVP Emma Meesseman (Belgium)

Belgian Coach Daniel Goethals had described Meesseman as an absolute dream to coach and while he was not able to cast a vote for his own player, he had regularly highlighted her importance to the team.

Meesseman has claimed a string of double-doubles and has shown a gorgeous all round game. She has averaged STATS

Her willingness to really break a sweat for her team-mates without any fuss has been complimented by her great shot blocking, fantastic rebounding and intelligent offensive moves.

Happy posting up, coming off a pick and roll or kicking the ball out to an open shooter, it was easy to see why she was handed the prestigious accolade - even if her unassuming nature means being embarrassed by all of the attention.

There was however plenty of competition for Meesseman and four other players who grabbed a spot in the All Tournament Team to underline the level of talent in high quality Championships.

Guard - Olcay Cakir (Turkey)
Guard - Julie Vanloo (Belgium)
Forward - Andrea Vilaro (Spain)
Forward - Ksenia Tikhonenko (Russia)
Forward - Emma Meesseman (Belgium)

Guard - Olcay Cakir (Turkey)
After a stunning start to the tournament when her defensive qualities helped her team complete a critical comeback against Serbia, the gutsy point guard has helped her side to a fifth place finish and a spot in next years U17 World Championships. The playmaker has really shown she is adept at both ends of the court. A great eye for an assist, the ability to get to the hoop and with a terrific ability to come up with steals defensively, she has been the heartbeat of the Turkish team. Was leading her team in three statistic categories with 12 pt, 4 asts and 2.7 stls throughout the whole tournament.

U16 European Championship Women All Tournament Team
U16 European Championship Women All Tournament Team

Guard - Julie Vanloo (Belgium)
Vanloo has been a real class act during the tournament showing her flexibility in both guard spots. She can handle the ball and make big plays and is always capable of turning in a real MVP performance. She can make threes, pass the ball really well and perhaps more than any other player she can definitely take a defender off the dribble and make a tough jump shot.
Vanloo was the tournaments second best scorer at 18.8 points per game and also dished out an average of 2 assists per game.

Forward - Andrea Vilaro (Spain)
A hard nosed and tough small forward, Vilaro has shone in a very good Spanish team without any major stars. To be able to stand

Fair Play Award Winner Ann Schyvens (Belgium)
Fair Play Award Winner Ann Schyvens (Belgium)

out in such a way despite not having huge numbers shows that coaches have noticed her ability to come up with those intangibles and she has featured as the glue that helps galvanise the Spanish team. She is a solid three-point shooter, can get to the hoop aggressively and is a good defender. Clearly loves the big occasion and her court demeanour always shows that she means business. Vilaro was the best scorer in a very balanced Spain team with 10 points per game.

Forward - Ksenia Tikhonenko (Russia)
While her team came up short in the last four and failed to get onto the podium, Tikhonenko has impressed the coaches with her all round approach to her game. Strong in the post due to her physical presence, she has some nice post moves but importantly she can step away from the basket and make some jump shots.The 1.90m Tikhonenko averaged a double-double at 14.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Having already secured two places in the All Tournament team and also the MVP, Belgium weren't quite finished just yet. Point guard Ann Schyvens was presented with the Fair Play Award after showing outstanding sportsmanship throughout the Championships.  


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