Former Eagle and Future Olympian Julie Page Honored as British Basketball Player of the Year
A two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection at Eastern, Page continues to excel as professional athlete overseas
After graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2006, Julie Page returned to Europe with aspirations of playing women's professional basketball in her native country. Now, six years later, Page has not only achieved her goal of becoming a pro, but has reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement in Great Britain.
Paige, a native of Stockport, Chesire, England, was recently named the British Basketball Player of the Year after a standout summer, in which she led her team - Standard Life GB - to the second round of the EuroBasket Women 2011. Page averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds per game throughout the tournament, as Standard Life GB advanced further than any other Great Britain team in history.
In being named British Basketball Player of the Year, Page will receive the Olympic Athlete of the Year Award for basketball, joining the likes of current NBA star Luol Deng and international standouts Jo Leedham and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who received the same prestigious accolade in previous years.
Page, who captained the Standard Life GB team, will compete for Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
"When I think about competing in the 2012 London Olympics, I get goose bumps," said Page. "I never imagined I would have an opportunity like this. It is every athlete's ultimate dream to be an Olympic competitor, and this one is even more special for us because we will be playing in front of a home crowd."
Since leaving EWU, Page has played for a number of top clubs in Germany, Italy, France and Poland, as well as competing with the British National team. In her rookie season, Page played with TV 1872 Saarlouis in Germany and was the top rebounder on the squad. The next season, she led the team to the German Cup Championship and was selected as the Most Valuable Player.
While at Eastern, Page was selected as the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and went on to earn All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades in 2005 and first-team honors in 2006. She averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds throughout her career.
The Eagles advanced to the Big Sky tournament in each of her three years with the program. She scored 856 total points in her tenure and had 432 career rebounds.