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

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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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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

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“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

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