Alba Torrens Salom (born 30 August 1989) is a Spanish female basketball player at the small forward position who plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Winner of four EuroLeague titles with three clubs and seven medals with the Spanish senior team, she is considered one of the best European players of the 2010s.
Torrens, playing for Galatasaray in 2014
|No. 7 – UMMC Ekaterinburg|
|Born||30 August 1989|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 36th overall|
|Selected by the Connecticut Sun|
|Career highlights and awards|
Torrens started playing basketball in clubs in her native Balearic Islands before moving in 2003 to Segle XXI, where young talents are developed. She made her debut in the Spanish top tier league with Celta Vigourban in the 2007–08 season. Perfumerías Avenida was her clubs for the next two seasons, winning the Spanish league and the Euroleague in 2011 under coach Lucas Mondelo. Despite being picked by the Connecticut Sun in the 2009 WNBA draft, she has repeatedly refused to join the WNBA because of the commitment to the national team.
Torrens started playing with Spain's youth teams at 14, winning a total of five medals from 2004 to 2009. She made her debut with the senior team in 2008, and went to play with the 2008 Summer Olympics when she was 18 years old. Up to 2017, she had 151 caps with 13 PPG, participating in two Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, Rio 2016), two World Championships and five European Championships:
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth) (MVP)
- 2005 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth)
- 2006 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 4th 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship (youth)
- 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (youth) (MVP)
- 5th 2008 Summer Olympics
- 2009 Eurobasket
- 2010 World Championship
- 9th 2011 Eurobasket
- 2013 Eurobasket
- 2014 World Championship
- 2015 Eurobasket
- 2016 Summer Olympics
- 2017 Eurobasket (MVP)
- 2018 World Championship
Individual Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- Allard, Marc. "Connecticut Sun coach says team needs roster stability". The Bulletin. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- "Alba Torrens, la estrella que renuncia una y otra vez a la WNBA por la selección. Noticias de Baloncesto". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- "archive.fiba.com: Players". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- Alba Torrens has been named FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year FIBA.com
- Avenida still in the clouds FIBA.com
- MVP Torrens leads All-Star Five FIBA.com