FIBA Europe announced Friday that Sandrine Gruda of France has been chosen as the 2009 Women's Player of the Year.
The 1.93 meter power forward/center averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in leading her country to gold medal success at EuroBasket Women 2009 in Latvia.
At club level the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year is currently playing in EuroLeague Women where she is looking to make her third consecutive Final Four appearance.
Gruda edged out former Women's Player of the Year Anete Jekabsone-Zogota of Latvia and team mate Maria Stepanova who is a three time winner of the Women's Player of the Year award.
Evanthia Maltsi, the EuroBasket Women 2009 MVP finished fourth while Spain veteran Amaya Valdemoro came in fifth.
"I have been following Sandrine's career for some time now and it is great to watch her getting stronger and stronger every year. She can be one of the dominant players of her time." Commented FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
"Sandrine developed from an outstanding player at youth level into a world class athlete and a true leader at senior level." added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
"This, once again shows how well young talent prospers in our competitions."
On Monday 15th February FIBA Europe will announce the winner of the Men's Player of the Year Award.
Visit http://www.fibaeurope.com/ for details.FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year Voting:
|Ann Wauters|| 7|| 5,506|| 0,016|
|Shay Doron || 8|| 4,017|| 0,016|
|Jana Vesela|| 2|| 3,435|| 0,007|
*the ranking reflects a combination of fan and expert voting.