Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Aleksander Balcerowski of Herbalife Gran Canaria has been chosen as the 7DAYS EuroCup Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2020-21 season. Balcerowski improved as the EuroCup season went on to become one of his team's pillars in the playoffs. The EuroCup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 years of age on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Balcerowski, who will turn 21 in November, helped Gran Canaria reach the EuroCup Semifinals for the first time since 2016. The 2.15-meter center averaged 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 15 EuroCup games this season in less than 14 minutes on court. He made 65.6% of his two-point shots, which was eighth-best in the EuroCup, and ranked 11th in the competition in both offensive rebounding (2.1 orpg.) and blocks.
The Rising Star Trophy is part of an expanded end-of-season awards structure launched before the 2008-09 season to enhance the recognition of the finest EuroCup players for their efforts on the basketball court. Apart from the EuroCup Rising Star, Euroleague Basketball and its in-house experts also select the EuroCup Coach of the Year, while fans add their help by voting for the All-EuroCup First and Second Teams and the EuroCup MVP. The EuroCup Finals MVP will be announced after the completion of the playoffs.