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January 16, 2015 Updates

“If I was in college I’d probably be the No. 1 pick,” Hezonja said to Basketball Insiders. “I had an offer from Kentucky. I’m European and I need to work harder to break into the U.S market.” Hezonja averages eight points, shooting 44.8 percent from the perimeter, to go along with two rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes over 10 appearances in the Euroleague for Spanish power-club Barcelona. Basketball Insiders

Like his fellow countrymen Saric, Hezonja is focused primarily on his development. He would have been selected in the first round of last year’s deep draft, and even though he’s ranked much higher in this year’s class, he’s still not even certain he will declare. “I don’t know if I’ll enter the draft,” Hezonja said. “I might, but who knows what pick I’ll be? Before I go to the NBA I want to become a leader and win with Barcelona.” Basketball Insiders

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December 30, 2014 Updates

Rising Mario Hezonja 6-7 215 SG/SF FC Barcelona 1995 He has averaged 9.3 ppg in 27 mpg in the last three ACB games, while going for 12.5 ppg in 22.8 mpg in his last four Euroleague contests. He is very difficult to stop in transition, can finish well above the rim and he has shot well from long range. With questions surrounding many of the top wing prospects in this year's draft, his rise in both playing time and production is definitely opportune. He will only be 20-years old at the time of the draft. Hezonja is an exciting athlete who has lottery level talent. He also appears to be very interested in coming over immediately, as his contract with Barcelona will be coming to an end. NBADraft.net

December 6, 2014 Updates

Ante Tomic has missed the train to the NBA. Furthermore, I’m told he’s not even interested in going overseas to the league. Sources believe Tomic will renew his vows with Barcelona going forward. There is no question that he’s a legit NBA talent – he can score, rebound, and pass. I just don’t think the NBA is something Tomic is thinking about. Basketball Insiders

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October 27, 2014 Updates

David Aladridge: You had a couple of years left on your Barcelona deal. What made you think this was the right time to come over? Kostas Papanikoulau: First of all, what I saw, was the team showed to me that they really wanted me to come here, and they really want to give me this chance, was a big factor. I talk with Daryl, I talk with Coach McHale. That kind of make a player feel like they really want me, you know? After this offer, I would say I will be like, pardon the expression, I will be like a fool if I don't take this offer. And also, I don't want to miss this opportunity, and five years [later] go back and say 'why didn't I go back then, when I could?' Because you don't know. You don't get these chances every day...great players had the opportunity, and they never did it. It was a life dream for me, and I wanted to give it a shot, you know? I don't know if I'm going to be good for this league or not, but at least when I go through my career, I will say, at least I gave it a chance. At least I fought for it. I didn't make it, or I made it. I don't know. NBA.com

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August 29, 2014 Updates

His game is not that simular to Papanikolaou, however DeShaun Thomas has a deal for next season with Barcelona, as Chema De Lucas reported first. The American forward is leaving Nanterre for the Spanish champions and the biggest challenge of his career. EuroHoops.net

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Emiliano Carchia: Erazem Lorbek leaves @FCBbasket after five seasons and ten titles won (3 ACB, 3 Copa del Rey, 3 Supercopa ACB, 1 Euroleague) Twitter @sportando

August 26, 2014 Updates

FC Barcelona was interested in Gigi Datome, but he has chosen Detroit. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season. I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties. There was an offer or a negotiation but anyway we stopped it, along with my agent, because I decided to stay in the NBA." La Gazzetta dello Sport

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