Mario Hezonja

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Mario Hezonja
Mario Hezonja.jpg
Hezonja in 2012 with FC Barcelona B
No. 8 – FC Barcelona
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 20)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 7.5 in (2.02 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2008–2010 Dubrovnik
2010–2012 Zagreb
2012–present Barcelona
2012–2013 Barcelona B
Career highlights and awards

Mario Hezonja (born 25 February 1995) is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for FC Barcelona of the ACB League. He also represents the Croatian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in), he primarily plays at the shooting guard position, but he can also play the small forward position.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hezonja started playing basketball at the age of 13 in Dubrovnik where he stayed for two seasons. After finishing primary school, in 2010, Hezonja signed a contract with the Croatian club Zagreb. In 2011, he won the Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament with Zagreb. He was named the All-Tournament team, alongside with then teammate Dario Šarić. He skipped the 2011–2012 season because of the broken arm and mononucleosis.

Barcelona[edit]

In July 2012, Hezonja signed a three-year contract with the Spanish club FC Barcelona.[1] He also has an option to extend for additional four years with the club. Zagreb also got 150 thousand euros in the name of buyout, as he was still under contract. For the 2012–13 season, he was loaned to the reserve team of the club: Barcelona B of the LEB Oro, Spanish second division.

At the end of 2012, he was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Award,[2] but Jonas Valančiūnas eventually won the award.

In 2013, Hezonja was invited to be a part of the world team at the Nike Hoop Summit, but couldn't attend because of injury.

On February 1, 2015, he hit 8 from 8 from the 3-point line in a 101–53 Barcelona's win against La Bruixa d'Or Manresa, becoming the Liga ACB MVP for the week 19.[3]

Croatian national team[edit]

Hezonja was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, after leading his team with a double-double in the final, 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals.[4] Over the tournament, he averaged 20 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

He was part of the senior Croatian national basketball team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Barcelona 2 0 9.5 .333 .000 .500 2.0 .0 .5 .0 2.5 1.5
2013–14 Barcelona 14 1 6.1 .429 .250 .750 .5 .2 .0 .0 1.6 .9
Career 16 1 6.5 .407 .250 .667 .7 .2 .1 .0 1.8 1.0

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Junior club honours
Senior club honours

Croatian national team[edit]

Junior national team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vera, Sergio. "Hezonja, la gran perla que aterriza en Barcelona" (in Spanish). Sport.es. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Valanciunas Young Men’s POY 2012". FIBA Europe.com. 06/02/2013. Retrieved 2013-02-20.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Mario Hezonja, jugador de la jornada 19" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Casey, Dan (7 August 2011). "Super Mario Leads Croatia to Gold". FIBA Europe.com. 
  5. ^ Casey, Dan (07/08/2011). "MVP Hezonja Leads All-Tournament Team". FIBA Europe.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Košarkašice i Hezonja uz Ivicu i Blanku" (in Croatian). Kosarka.org. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  7. ^ Romero, Pablo (2013-06-24). "Un quinteto plagado de ilusiones" (in Spanish). AdeccoOro.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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