Former Pitt guard Brad Wanamaker has been plying his trade overseas since leaving Oakland in 2011. And after posting some of the best numbers of his career with Darussafaka in Istanbul last season, he took his talents across town to Fenerbahce, where he’s now enjoying another excellent campaign and racking up accolades in the process.
Over the weekend, the EuroLeague named Wanamaker its Round 19 MVP for his performance against Fenerbahce’s crosstown rival Anadolu Efes on Friday. In that game, Fenerbahce earned its fourth consecutive EuroLeague win, edging Anadolu Efes 89-84, and Wanamaker contributed one of his best performances of the season.
Against Anadolu Efes, Wanamaker shot 50 percent from three-point range, drew seven fouls, made each of his six free throws, dished out a game-high eight assists, grabbed four rebounds and contributed a team-high 18 points to the winning effort. All that earned him a performance index rating of 31, which ranked second in the EuroLeague in Round 19.
In addition to putting on an outstanding performance against Anadolu Efes, Wanamaker has distinguished himself as a top player in the EuroLeague, as he leads the league with 32 steals and his 316.7 percent assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth in the league. On the season, he’s averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
This is the third time Wanamaker has earned MVP of the Round honors in his EuroLeague career, and he’s the first player on second-place Fenerbahce to earn the honor this season. He also earned an invite to the Turkish Super League’s All-Star Game last week.