I read this earlier today on an ESPN Insider Blog. I won't copy and paste all of it, but the blog talks mostly about how well the US Under 17 team is doing in a tourney. The interview asks some questions with Jahlil Okafor. He had some good things to say, but there's one quote that stuck out to me in particular...
"Is there a player in the event not on USA's team that has given you trouble?
“No, not yet. There’s supposedly a really talented wing on Croatia who's supposed to be a lottery pick in 2014 and Kentucky [supposedly is] recruiting him hard. We've seen him play and we were all very impressed.
Note: The Croatian player Okafor is talking about is a 6-6 wing Mario Hezonja. He hung 30 points on Spain and Croatia won its pool and is 5-0. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express said Hezonja’s a freak athlete and is worth the hype."
Anybody know much about Hezonja?
Here is the link. http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/dave-telep/post/_/id/1640/okafor-us...
Hezonja is a SG. Would Calipari go after another elite SG in addition to Harrison?
Jason Givony of Draft Express watched Hezonja today at the U17 games (28 points 7 rbs) and said that he is the best player in the WORLD born in 1995.
GregNJ of TBK told me "Don't worry about that name just yet."
That tells me Kentucky is definitely looking at him, but he is not a priority yet. I am assuming Calipari is either concerned about his reputation for having a negative attitude...and/or he wants to make sure this won't end like the Kanter situation ended.
Not a bad thing, but given Calipari's ego... I'd say he would love to add coaching the #1 player in the world to his resume.
I asked for more info from Dave Telep. He said that Okafor got bad info... and that he's been told Hezonja is already a pro. Too bad.
Hate to hear that. Honestly though, it's tough to see many overseas guys NOT being pro by the time they are college age. I don't think we'll see many elite players come state-side to play in college unless the NCAA changes some rules...and that will never happen.