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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

David Bertans, Laboral Kutxa, Spain. He was drafted when he was 19 years old, four years ago, but all these years he didn’t prove that he deserved a place in an NBA team. Until his movement to Laboral Kutxa after signing a contract until the summer of 2017. The Latvian forward was a “sleeper” but he’s also a proven sharp shooter; doesn’t afraid to take responsibilities and lately Spurs watch him closely. EuroHoops.net

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Me: You said a long time ago, you could see yourself finishing your coaching career back in Madrid (Karl coached European powerhouse Real Madrid for two seasons in the late '80s and early '90s). GK: I'm not saying that's out of the question. Two games a week? That excites me. College doesn't excite me, because you just deal with so many nightmares of getting grades, getting them in school, and keeping them eligible. That stuff doesn't turn me on. Dealing with pros, having two or three days to prepare, that's good stuff. That motivates a coach. NBA.com

March 11, 2015 Updates

After averaging less than 10 minutes with Real Madrid last year, Diez was sent on loan to Gipuzkoa Basket this season. He said goodbye to Euroleague exposure there, but in return his playing-time load (30.1 mpg) and role are way bigger now. Last month, he scored 32 points in a game vs. Andorra, a feat only six players 21 years or younger had ever accomplished in the ACB before. "I'm getting a lot of opportunities this season and I've improved a lot, especially outside the arc, getting to the rim and rebounding," Diez tells HoopsHype. HoopsHype

Diez is no stranger to the U.S. and NBA players. "Last summer, I didn't do any workout but I was in Los Angeles for 10 days and practiced a lot with current NBA players like Steven Adams, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kelly Olynyk," Diez recalls. "It was a great experience: lots of shooting drills, one-on-one plays... It gave me a lot of confidence for this season. This is my draft year and I'm proud that NBA teams are interested in me. I hope I can show my skills at the workouts." HoopsHype

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This basketball brawl video comes from a Spanish basketball league game over the weekend. Laboral Kutxa trailed Bibao Basket by 16-points with less than 10 seconds remaining, but neither team stopped playing. A Bibao player went up for a dunk and took exception to some contact from a defender. What makes things weirder is that the play didn’t even count because the Bibao player was called for traveling. Either way, the Bibao player bumped the opponent and a brawl broke out. The Big Lead

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