|27 May 2014|
|Astou Ndour being awarded the medal for U18 European Championship Women MVP |
Fenerbahce have landed a major off-season signing, by inking FIBA Europe 2013 Young Women's Player of the Year Astou Ndour for two seasons.
Ndour has been a sensation at youth level for Spain, with a long list of accolades which includes making the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 U18 European Championship Women then being named as the Tournament MVP at the 2013 U20 European Championship Women before making the All-Tournament Team at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women just two weeks later.
The 1.96m center has to date played all of her basketball in her adopted country of Spain and this past season, playing for Gran Canaria, was named as Spanish league MVP after averaging 17.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. She was also picked up in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars but is yet to see any game time.
This summer the '94-born Ndour still qualifies to play at the U20 European Championship Women in Udine, Italy in July, but will also be fighting another center in Sancho Lyttle for the naturalised spot on the Spanish senior roster which will compete at the FIBA World Championship for Women in her country of residence for the next two years, Turkey.
In addition to the arrival of Ndour, Fenerbahce have also tied up extensions for long-serving star Birsel Vardarli and fellow backcourt talent Olcay Cakir.
Both named on the national team preliminary roster for the FIBA World Championship for Women, the duo will remain on board for the next two seasons.
They won't however be joined by the third Turkish guard option in the shape of veteran Esmeral Tuncluer, who is set to retire after playing at the Worlds.
Meanwhile Cappie Pondexter, Ivana Matovic and Isabelle Yacoubou will all be playing their club basketball elsewhere after not rejoining.
The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Jacek Winnicki has been handed the reins of the Istanbul club in an effort to return them to the top rung of Turkish women's basketball after being de-throned by their arch rivals Galatasaray in this past season.