Who is Mario Hezonja?

Selected #5 in the 2015 NBA Draft by Orlando Magic

Who is Mario Hezonja?
Who is Mario Hezonja?

Selected #5 in the 2015 NBA Draft by Orlando Magic

Mario Hezonja is a Croatian basketball player born the 25th of February of 1995. He plays as a shooting guard and the last season played for FC Barcelona.

His early career started in KK Dubrovnik when he was 13 years old. He played there for 2 seasons. And after very good performances, KK Zagreb signed him.

In 2011 he won with Zagreb the Nike International Junior Tournament and was selected as one of the players of the All-Tournament team.

In July of 2012 he started in a new club, after a year out of the courts because of mononucleosis. FC Barcelona was his new destination. His new club has won this same season the Spanish Cup and also the Spanish Basketball League (ACB).

For the 2013-2014 season he played for FC Barcelona reserve team, in the Second Spanish League, combinating with the first team, when he was only 17 years old. Meanwhile in the first team there were players like Sarunas Jasikevicius or Juan Carlos Navarro. That season he also played some games with Barça, on ACB and Euroleague. Hezonja was nominated for the Year Award of FIBA Europe Young Player.

As time goes by, the Croatian young talent gets more involved in the first Barcelona team, and he also plays for the Croatian national team. Now he was selected #5 in the 2015 NBA Draft.

FC Barcelona formed players as Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol or Juan Carlos Navarro, and also played Ricky Rubio, Anderson Varejao, among many others, who have ended in the NBA.

Strengths

  • With an awesome potential
  • Perfect passing, shooting, dribbling, cutting and spacing
  • Defensive menace
  • An explosive athlete
  • Extremely confident in his abilities
  • Competitive attitude

Honors

Individual honors

  • 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: MVP
  • 2011 Nike International Junior Tournament: All-Tournament Team
  • Sportske novosti award for Fair Play (2011)
  • 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship: All-Tournament Team
  • 2013 L'Hospitalet Tournament: All-Tournament Team
  • LEB Oro Rising Star (2013)

Junior honors

  • Nike International Junior Tournament (2011)
  • L'Hospitalet Tournament (2013)

Senior club honors

  • 2014 Spanish League champion

National team honors

  • Gold Medal U16 European Championship
  • Bronze Medal U17 World Championship