Turkey had as much to prove as any team at EuroBasket 2009 as hosts of next summer's FIBA World Championships. Thanks to Ilyasova they showed that they are a team to be reckoned with on home soil in 2010. The 2.08m forward led the Turks to five straight wins before being eliminated from medal contention in the Quarter-Finals. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the competition, including a 22 point 11 rebound performance in a win over eventual silver medallists Serbia. On the club side, Ilyasova helped to lead Barcelona to the Euroleague Final Four in 2009.