“[In] other countries, playing for your country is a much bigger deal than playing in the NBA,” Marks said. “Bojan had a tremendous pre-Olympic campaign. His confidence right now is through the roof because he’s taken Croatia, they’ve qualified for the Olympics and he’s been the leader. “To represent your country, wear your country’s colors and have the ball in your hands and you’re the one making those decisions, that really helps,” Marks said.
Croatia got the ticket for Rio and Dario Saric, was named MVP of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament of Turin. He averaged a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in four games and showed great leadership skills, especially during crucial moments of each match. After the game the young Croatian star stated that “I am going back home and then to USA for the 76ers”, putting an end to the rumors that he might stay in Europe and not join the NBA this year.
In one of the most thrilling FIBA games of the decade, Croatia outlasted Italy in overtime to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It will be the fourth time the Croatian national basketball team will complete in the Olympics. Bojan Bogdanovic posted 26 points and buried a critical 3-pointer with 1:14 left in OT to put Croatia up six. Krunoslav Simon racked up 21 points, Dario Saric recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds and Mario Hezonja dished out four assists.