HoopsHype Mario Hezonja rumors
1. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, 7-1, 220 pounds, Spain Cajasol Sevilla, 19: "He is a top-three prospect. He's a Dirk Nowitzki-type but more athletic. He runs the floor, plays above the rim and is a face-up guy. He has a shot at being the No. 1 pick and is definitely in the top three." 2. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-5, 190 pounds, China Guangdong, 18: "He is a new generation point guard with size, athleticism and speed. … He's not a score-first guard." 3. Mario Hezonja, SG, 6-8, 200 pounds, Spain Barcelona, 19: "A swingman with really good size and strength already at a young age. Good shooter who attacks the rim. Smaller Danilo Gallinari-type who will be a better NBA player than overseas player." Yahoo! Sports
"He's extremely gifted," one Western Conference executive said. "The game comes extremely easy to him. From what I've seen he's always been the most talented player on the court, and it hasn't been close." But it's not a given that Hezonja will even be in the Draft, or taken highly if he enters his name. He has not played big minutes this season for Barcelona, even though that's hardly a crime, given that team's standing in Spain's ACB League, generally considered the best pro league in the world outside of the NBA. But there are also questions about Hezonja's demeanor and willingness to work with teammates. NBA.com
I've gotten a chance to see Mario Hezonja at three different events now in the past couple months (Jordan All American Classic, Final Four juniors in Barcelona and now here). And I will say he is probably the best 2-guard prospect to come out of Europe since Drazen Petrovic. Rudy Fernandez and Marco Belinelli weren't even close to the talent or polished players that he is at 16 years of age. He's certainly the most talented European guard prospect that I have seen in the 10 years I've been doing this. He's playing against kids 3 years older than himself and making it look easy. NBADraft.net
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