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Men Awards 2016



Diana TaurasiĀ - All-Europe Player of the Year 2015


Lucas Mondelo was voted Coach of the Year in Europe in 2016
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.

It's 11th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (15-16) and this (16-17) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year was Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82). American superstar was selected unanimously by our correspondents. Last season she helped UMMC Ekaterinburg to win another Euroleague title. Once again she was selected Euroleague Player of the Year. Then she played great for Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. At the Olympics in Rio, Taurasi started in all eight games and averaged a team best of 15.6 points. She also averaged 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 24.3 minutes of play per game. Taurasi great effort helped USA National Team win their sixth consecutive gold medal (Taurasi had 4 Olympic golds)

Europe's best Point Guard, just like last year, was named Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow. She spent last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi Lefkosa in Turkish league. But her biggest achievement of the year was WNBA title with Los Angeles Sparks. She was an important player from the bench. This season she is playing great for Dynamo Moscow. 

The Best Shooting Guard of the Year award, as in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 is obviously Diana Taurasi.

At Small Forward position we have another Serbian player - Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha. The list of achievements from last year is quite impressive as Sonja helped her National Team to get Bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio. She was their leader (15.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg) and was named to All-Olympic Games 1st Team. Among other achievements we can find All-Euroleague 1st Team, Czech Rep. D1 Player of the Year and WNBA Semifinal with Phoenix Mercury. It is her second straight Europe Small Forward of the Year award.

Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk was named Europe Power Forward of the Year. Nneka helped Russian team to reach Euroleague Quarterfinals and Russian PBL Semifinals last season. During the summer she had an outsdanding season for the Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 42 games her stats were: Score-5 (19.3ppg), Reb-3 (9.1rpg), 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 1.2bpg, FGP-1 (66.7%), 3PT-2 (51.4%), FT: 85.0%. She led her team to WNBA title and was named WNBA Most Valuable Player. 

Best Center of 2016 was Astou Ndour (198-C-94), curently playing for Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in Itailain Serie A1. Last season she spent in Spain, leading Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca to LFB title. In summer she had solid WNBA campaign in San Antonio Silver Stars (6.oppg, 3.2rpg in 30 games) and most imporatant - she helped Spanish National Team to win Silver medal at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Astou was selected to All-Olympic Games 2nd Team (13.5ppg, Reb-3 (9.2rpg), Blocks-3 (1.7bpg))

Spanish Lucas Mondelo was named Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year. He coached Spanish National Team at the Olympics where they reached the Final (eventually lost to USA)

In 2nd team we have Laia Palau (177-G-79), Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) , Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86), LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93).

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year award went to Sonja Petrovic of USK Praha. It is her first such Award. Last season she was selected as Europeans Small Forward of the Year. This year Sonja is the best among all European players!

The best Point Guard of the year was Ana Dabovic. It is her 3rd straight year in All-Europeans 1st Team. 

Experienced Turkish guard Isil Alben (170-G-86) was selected as All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year. She came back to Galatasaray after one year in Dynamo Kursk. She led her team to Euroleague Quarterfinals last season. At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) she averaged 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.2apg for Turkish National Team.

At Small Forward position we have Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. In is her second nomination for All-Europeans 1st Team. During the summer she was 4th best scorer at Olympic Games in Rio. Spanish National Team earned Silver medals. 

Under the basket we have Sonja Petrovic at PF and Astou Ndour - Best Europe Center in 2016. 

In second team we have Laia Palau, Anna Cruz (173-PG-86), Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87), Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89).

All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2016 (both domestic and imports)


Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year: USA Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg 
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Slovakia Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Russia Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg 
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Slovakia Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: USA Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year: Poland Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year: Poland Lucas Mondelo of Dynamo Kursk

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team
Ana Dabovic
Dabovic
Isil Alben
Alben
Sonja Petrovic
Petrovic
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Astou Ndour
Ndour

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Slovakia Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow
Russia Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg 
Slovakia Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha
Russia Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk
Poland Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:

Poland Laia Palau (177-G-79) of USK Praha
 Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) of Fenerbahce
Russia Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Dynamo Kursk
Russia  LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) of AGU Kayseri
 Emma Meesseman of (192-C-93) UMMC Ekaterinburg

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
 Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) of Villeneuve
Poland Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Dynamo Kursk
 Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) of Perfumerias Avenida
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
 Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Burges
 Sandra Ygueravide (172-PG-84) of Wisla Krakow
Russia Brittney Griner (203-C-90) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
 Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Fenerbahce
Poland Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
 Isabelle Yacoubou (190-C-86) of Famila Wuber Schio
Russia Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce
 Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Villeneuve
Russia Riquna Williams (170-PG-90) of Osmaniye Genclik
Russia Allie Quigley (178-G-86) of Fenerbahce

All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2016

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Slovakia Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year: Slovakia Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:  Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year: Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year: Slovakia Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Poland Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team
Ana Dabovic
Dabovic
Isil Alben
Alben
Sonja Petrovic
Petrovic
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Astou Ndour
Ndour

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Slovakia Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow
 Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
Slovakia Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
Poland Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:

Poland Laia Palau (177-G-79) of USK Praha
Poland Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Dynamo Kursk
 Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) of Olympiacos
Poland Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
 Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) of Perfumerias Avenida

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
 Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Burges
 Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) of USK Praha
 Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) of Ormanspor
 Isabelle Yacoubou (190-C-86) of Famila Wuber Schio
 Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Fenerbahce
 Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Villeneuve
 Sandra Ygueravide (172-PG-84) of Wisla Krakow
 Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) of Fenerbahce
   
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