celine_dumercFrance’s Celine Dumerc has been voted as FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year, with Andrei Kirilenko taking the men’s award.

The guard was the clear-cut winner, easily dominating the fan and expert voting polls, seeing off Eva Viteckova of the Czech Republic and Russia’s Becky Hammon.

Dumerc was already renowned as one of the best guards in Europe prior to 2012, but at the Olympics she was sublime. The 5′ 6″ play-maker led France to the silver medal, averaging a team high 14.2 points per game. Along the way, the petite player broke British hearts as she hit not one but two buzzer beaters against GB to send the game to overtime..and then win it!

“In London, Dumerc showed her maturity in assuring her country would be the best finishing of the European teams at the Olympics. Having seen her performances there, it is of little surprise to see the fans and experts agreeing that she deserves this award,” said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.

“It was a great year for Celine at both domestic and international level. I believe we will see similar performances from her this summer when her country hosts the EuroBasket Women tournament,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak.

Kirilenko picks up the Men’s award for the second time after previously winning in 2007.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star helped CSKA Moscow to last season’s Euroleague Final Four before guiding Russia to Olympic bronze in London.

The announcement comes on the back of last week’s news that Jonas Valanciunas took out FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year for a second consecutive year and Ukraine’s Alina Iagupova won Young Women’s Player of the Year.


Image: FIBA Europe / Nick Marzoli

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