Gruda Wins FIBA Europe Young Women's Player Of The Year

17 January 2007

Sandrine Gruda of the French national team and the EuroLeague Women side USVO has won the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year award.

The 192-cm center was selected with the honour based on a vote from a select panel and a poll.

Sandrine Gruda (left, US Valenciennes Olympic) and De Lisha Milton (Gambrinus Sika Brno)
Gruda helped USVO advance to the Final Four.
Gruda had a standout season for both club and country this past year.

In the 2005-2006 EuroLeague Women season, Gruda averaged 13.2 ppg and 5.9 rpg to help her side reach the Final Four.

At just 19 years of age, Gruda played a key role for France’s senior national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Brazil. She averaged 10.0 ppg and helped her country to a fifth place finish.

Gruda first made a name for herself in Europe in the summers of 2004 and 2005 during FIBA Europe youth competitions.

She averaged 18.1 ppg, 13.4 rpg and 1.5 bpg at the 2004 U18 European Championship. In 2005, she put up 20.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.1 bpg as France won bronze in the U18 category. Gruda was selected to the All-Tournament team at both events.

“It is amazing to think that Sandrine Gruda is accomplishing so much at a young age at the top level in Europe,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

“I had the pleasure of watching Sandrine at recent FIBA Europe youth events over the last few years. It is quite remarkable how her game has developed to the point that she is now one of the top European players. She certainly warrants the Young Women Player of the Year award.”

The selections of the expert panel, which consists of journalists, players and coaches, are weighted so that it counts for 70% of the final result while the fan vote is weighted at 30%.

A total of 24 individuals from 16 different countries took part in the panelists vote. Gruda received an overwhelming majority with 11 first-place votes.

This is the second year that FIBA Europe has given a Young Women’s Player of the Year award. Last year, Latvian star Anete Jekabsone claimed the honour.

Gruda will be presented with the Young Women’s Player of the Year trophy at a date to be announced.

Final Results

Overall RankName Rank in panel voteRank in fan voteTotal Weighted Rank
1Sandrine Gruda (FRA)141.9
2Olexandra Gorbunova (UKR)232.3
3Silvia Dominguez  (ESP) 423.4
4Elodie Godin (FRA)363.9
5Egle Sulciute (LTU)655.7
6Magdalena Leciejewska (POL)815.9
7Ekaterina Lisina (RUS) 585.9
8Isabelle Yacoubou (FRA)777

The above table shows the final tally of the vote between the fans and the expert panel. Gruda was the first choice selection of the expert panel, while the fans selected Magdalena Leciejewska of Lotos Gdynia in first place. Gruda was the fourth choice among the fans.

However, Gruda's first place in the expert panel vote was enough to land her the overall top position, while Olexandra Gorbunova's second place in the panel vote and third among the fans saw her claim second overall.



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