Šarić (20), who plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League, was voted Europe’s best by basketball experts and fans ahead of Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cedi Osman from Turkey. Šarić becomes only the third player to win the award twice.
“Šarić was brilliant in 2014 for Cibona and the Croatian national team,” said FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel, whilst FIBA Director Kamil Novak added: “Šarić is on an excellent path to becoming one of the biggest stars in Europe, don’t forget he is only 20.”
At last year’s World Championship Šarić had an average of 11.7 baskets. He was also named the most valuable player in the ABA league final four with Cibona before he moved to Turkey. The 6 foot 10 inch Croatian was drafted 12th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2014 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.