Vote for Artie!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Pittsburgh -- The race is on for the most prestigious individual honor in European basketball, as International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Europe has announced the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards. Robert Morris University sophomore Artemis Spanou (Rhodes, Greece / Nea Smyrni (Greek National Team)) is one of 10 nominees for the FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year.
Spanou opened the summer season in her Greek National Team uniform at the EuroBasket Women, where she gained valuable court time in Greece's early tournament exit. She then tore apart the competition in both the U18 and U20 European Championships, resulting in promotion to Division A for Greece and another MVP award. Her good ball handling skills for her size make her a threat from inside and out and are an asset for every team.
Spanou was named the most valuable player at the U20 European Championships after averaging 19.4 points and 9.8 rebounds while leading Greece to a Bronze medal in Pool B play. She followed up by garnering all-tournament honors at the U18 European Championships. The 6'0" forward put up 19.3 points a contests and 9.9 rebounds, tallying four double-doubles in nine games.
Spanou was named the 2011 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year after a spectacular freshman campaign at RMU. A dominant force as a freshman, she earned the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week award six times while averaging a double-double, 13.7 points and 10.6 rebounds, in conference games. Overall, the Greek National Team member put up 13.1 points and a league-best 9.6 rebounds per game. On top of those numbers, she finished second on the squad with 91 assists led the team with 34 blocks.
The 2011 Awards are made up of four categories: Men, Young Men, Women and Young Women. The winners in each category will be decided by the public and an expert panel vote. Voting in all four categories will cease on 31 January 2012.
The winners will be announced through fibaeurope.com in early February and will be later presented with a special trophy.
The FIBA Europe Player of the Year awards were established in 2005, with stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Maria Stepanova among the winners in the last six years. The reigning players of the year are Nika Baric of Slovenia for the Young Women, Czech point guard Hana Horakova for the Women, NBA draftee Jan Vesely for the Young Men and Serbia point guard Milos Teodosic.
All fans who vote and register with their name and email address can win four EuroBasket jerseys, signed by the medal-winning players of Spain, France and Russia as well as Greece. Ten more voters will be drawn to receive FIBA Europe merchandise packages.
ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.