HoopsHype Mario Hezonja rumors


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Last Valentine's Day evening, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine wowed the crowd at Barclays Center and the millions of people watching the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at home with a series of aerobatic wonders. The next day, the story goes, Mario Hezonja did every single one of LaVine's dunks during his FC Barcelona team's practice. "Maybe not as high," a source said, "but he did them." NBA.com

"He's got a little swagger to him," a Southeast Division executive said. "...I think those Euro kids have to have some of that coming over here. He's awfully gifted. He can guard okay, and he's a capable shooter and a good passer. He checks off a lot of boxes that you're looking for in a wing. He allows how he's playing on the offensive end to determine how much effort he's going to give you defensively. But he's big. Agile for his size. He has a little nastiness to him that will serve him well if he decides to compete at the defensive end." NBA.com

March 30, 2015 Updates

Mario Hezonja said he never told Croatian media he "should be the first pick of the next NBA draft”. “These are not my words. It is not the first time this happens. Now they used my words out of context. I want people to know that I talk (with my performaces) on the court. I don’t know anything about the draft or the NBA. I don’t know what will happen”. Sportando

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Croatian prospect Mario Hezonja, currently playing for Barcelona, said in an interview to Sportske Novosti that he should be the first pick in the next NBA draft. Hezonja is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft. The croatian guard also said that he repeated the three winning dunks of LaVine during the Slam Dunk Contest without any problem. Sportando

March 20, 2015 Updates

Mario Hezonja, FC Barcelona, Spain. He’s just 19 years old and the only undrafted player in this list. The NBA scouts follow him during the last years but he wants to become a leader with Barcelona and then move to the NBA. This summer he’s expected to be selected and probably he will think again his career overseas. This is his first season in the top European level and he has all the skills to make a career in the NBA. EuroHoops.net

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Hezonja has shined all season and in particular lately, capitalizing upon the increased minutes, due to the injuries to Navarro and Oleson. In his games played since December, the Croatian Golden Boy has increased his averages (6 ppg in ACB, 10 ppg in Euroleague) playing more than 20 minutes per game. He really raised some eyebrows with his February 1st performance against Manresa in which he hit 8-for-8 from 3 point, finishing with 24 pts and 6 assists. This two month stint has significantly boosted his stock, and he has really enhanced his chances of being a top 10 pick. Consistency is the one obstacle, especially for a team competing for the maximum European goal, but he has earned the chance to show all of his potential. NBADraft.net

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

January 6, 2015 Updates

Wasserman Media Group of the powerful agent Arn Tellem represents Mario Hezonja since last July. Wasserman represents the Croatian star both in the NBA and Europe. Barcelona's guard is considered as a top-10 pick in 2015 draft and he has showed flashes of great talent. Sportando

January 5, 2015 Updates

Most potential draft entries are still in the meat of the decision-making process when it comes to agents—and those decisions will firm up in the next month or so. Tellem is also in line to represent Mario Hezonja, the 19-year-old Croatian wing who could be a lottery pick. Sporting News

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

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