By Paul Nilsen
|Farhiya Abdi played a more than solid first season in the EuroLeague Women for Frisco Brno|
Rising star Farhiya Abdi has spoken of her delight after being picked in the second round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by Los Angeles Sparks.
The Swedish forward who is still a teenager for another six weeks or so, has certainly enjoyed a sensational 12 months and her remarkable rise to prominence which shows little sign of slowing down.
Having previously played in her homeland where she was a stand-out player, she made the move to Frisco Brno last summer where she subsequently completed her rookie EuroLeague Women season.
She also impressed for the Swedish national team at U20 level and was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Award during 2011.
Now she looks set to continue grabbing the limelight after the events which unfolded Stateside.
"Words can't even describe how much it means to be drafted" explained a thrilled Abdi.
"This is like a dream come true really and I'm just so happy and excited!
She added, "I really do appreciate this opportunity and I hope for the best in the future."
Whatever happens when it comes to WNBA court-time, there is little doubt that Abdi will now stand a great chance of making a successful transition to the senior national team.
She is likely to be one of the main driving forces of an exciting Swedish side in coming years with a number of other promising youngsters ready to step up.
While taking nothing for granted, Abdi is looking forward to trying to make the roster and help her country reach EuroBasket 2013 in France.
Sweden will lock horns with Spain, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria in what looks to be a tough Group D but Abdi is high on confidence right now and full of belief that Sweden can realise their potential.
She said, "Yes, I hope I'll be involved and I'm excited about that as well.
"We have a good squad of players and I believe that we're going to make it all the way - no doubts."
"It's time to put the Sweden national team back on the women's basketball map!"
As expected, Abdi wasn't the only European to be drafted in the second round with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje point guard and former FIBA Europe Young Player Of The Year Nika Baric picked up by Minnesota Lynx.
The third European to be selected was French international and EuroLeague Women Final Eight winner Isabelle Yacoubou although it appears rules around her eligibility will mean this particular draft pick will ultimately be cancelled.