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Mario Hezonja declares for draft

FC Barcelona wing Mario Hezonja will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Arn Tellem, told ESPN.com on Thursday.

Hezonja is ranked No. 8 on ESPN's latest Big Board. The Croatian averaged 7.7 points and shot 38 percent from 3 in 17 minutes per game in Euroleague play this season.

While his numbers are modest, scouts are excited about his NBA potential. They see an athletic wing who can stroke it from 3, put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim. When he gets regular minutes, Hezonja is aggressive and plays in attack mode. And his experience playing for an elite team in Europe means he has faced tough competition night in and night out.

"I really love him," one NBA scout told ESPN. "I love [Justise] Winslow, too, but I really think if this kid was in college we'd all be going crazy for him. He's tough, he's athletic, he shoots the s--- out of it. And the kid just knows how to play. He's going to be really, really good in the NBA. He's the first wing on my board."