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FAST BREAK
CHRIS MANNIX
June 13, 2011
Coming Soon
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June 13, 2011

Fast Break

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Coming Soon

Who's the next European phenom likely to cause a Rubio-like buzz? Several scouts believe it's Croatia's Mario Hezonja, a 16-year-old swingman who last month powered KK Zagreb to first place at the Nike International Junior Tournament. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, Hezonja already has an NBA-ready frame. He can finish at the rim in traffic, and his range extends beyond the three-point line. Hezonja plays three positions and has drawn comparisons to Sarunas Marciulionis. "He's a freaky athlete," says one international scout. "He moves well and has a real powerful burst on his first step. And he's got a swagger. He thinks he can dunk on anybody." He'll be eligible for the 2013 draft; until then, U.S. fans will have to settle for clips from his ever-expanding YouTube portfolio.

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