Despite his minor role for Barcelona as the team's youngest player, Mario Hezonja has had scouts buzzing about his potential since 2011, when he took home MVP of the Under-16 European Championships.
From there, we saw him light up the Under-17 World Championships in 2012 and put up big numbers for Barcelona's second team.
Unfortunately, now playing in the Spanish ACB on a veteran squad, he now only flashes his appetizing upside in spurts and doses. But there's no denying that upside—at 6'6", Hezonja is a world-class athlete with a potent scoring repertoire.
He's capable of taking over games with the ability to create his own shot from any spot on the floor. On the ball, he has the pull-up and step-back jumper working, along with a smooth attack game off the dribble.
Off the ball, his outside stroke (he hit 15 of 38 three-pointers in ACB play) can help stretch the floor as a spot-up threat, while his ability to effortlessly elevate leads to buckets off slashes and backdoor lobs.
From a scouting perspective, he has all the physical tools and natural talent you can really ask for in a 2-guard. His challenge will be finding a way to channel it and ultimately score within the offense, as opposed to letting the ball stick to his hands in isolation.
Keep your eyes open for Hezonja at this summer's World Cup, where he could see some minutes for Croatia.
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