Emma Meesseman, Young Women’s Player of 2011

Emma Meesseman of Belgium is the FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year for 2011.

Via FIBA Europe Press Release:

The 19-year-old center was the winner of the experts’ vote with 194 points* to edge Queralt Casas of Spain, who won the fans’ vote, in a very close contest.

The 2010 winner, Nika Baric of Slovenia, came in third.

The charismatic Meesseman had a dream summer with the national team. She led Belgium to the top of the podium at the U18 European Championship Women against all odds and walked away with the MVP trophy, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds.

She had already made her mark on the international scene with the senior national team, averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in 10 EuroBasket Women Division A games.

Playing -and excelling- against senior players was nothing new to her at this point, since as an 18-year-old she had an excellent season at club level with the Lotto Young Cats in EuroCup Women 2010-2011, with 15.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

“Emma Meesseman was the natural leader of this summer’s surprise package, the very talented, hugely enthusiastic Belgian team that earned the gold medal at the U18 European Championship Women,” commented FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.

“It is this gift of leadership, the ability to step up and take over when your team needs you the most, that I personally admire and perhaps makes her stand out in a generation of extremely talented players in Belgian basketball,” Mr Rafnsson added.

“In sport, few things come by chance. Meesseman’s success today is the outcome of years of hard work on her part and some fantastic work in development in Belgium,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin upon hearing the news.

“I am convinced that if she keeps working in the same way, this award will prove just the beginning of a long and highly successful career,” Mr Zanolin concluded.

FIBA Europe will announce the Women’s Player of the Year for 2011 on Tuesday 7 February and the winners in the Men’s and Young Men’s categories next week.



Player Points Player Points
Emma Meesseman 6581 Emma Meesseman 194 0.12241
Queralt Casas 17778 Queralt Casas 166 0.11844
Nika Baric 9612 Nika Baric 133 0.09069
Olesia Malashenko 4990 Olesia Malashenko 130 0.08367
Farhiya Abdi 10450 Farhiya Abdi 112 0.07902
Sara Krnjic 6660 Sara Krnjic 117 0.07775
Anastasia Shilova 10943 Anastasia Shilova 90 0.06637
Astou Ndour 7026 Astou Ndour 93 0.06376
Artemis Spanou 7692 Artemis Spanou 92 0.06391
Hind Ben Abdelkader 6939 Hind Ben Abdelkader 54 0.04024


*Six points awarded to the first-choice player in every ballot, three points to the second choice and two points to the third.

  • fan

    Astou Ndour 16.8 points per game and 11 rebounds per game in Eurocup with Gran Canaria… 93 points EXPERT VOTING

    Emma Meesseman 14.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds in Eurocup…194 points EXPERT VOTING

    I dont understand…

    • Jānis Kacēns

      Probably depends on which youth competition the “experts” attended. Some of them might as well have done it based on name recognition. Ndour should have certainly been in the top 3 which I can’t say about Nika Baric.