ORn more party, the Real Madrid meets again with a player who came out of his quarry, one of those 17 young people that Pablo Laso made their debut. Is about Mario nakic, Serbian forward of 1.99 meters who this summer signed for two years with the MoraBanc Andorra after passing a course in the Ostend Belgian on his departure from the white club. He is another of Laso’s ‘sons’.

I am grateful for every piece of advice I received in Madrid. They are great players with so many trophies and titles won …

Mario Nakic, forward of MoraBanc Andorra

It will be one of the most special matches in Nakic’s career, which in Andorra they keep away from the media despite already having 20 years. For the first time the madridista team will be measured and will have in front of those who were companions. “They are great players with so many trophies and titles won … They all helped me a lot: Sergi [Llull], Trey [Thompkins], Jeff [Taylor], Rudy, Fabien [Causeur], Edy [Tavares]… I am grateful for every advice I received, “he said in an interview on the FIBA ??Champions League website.

The forward, who started and scored six points in 14 minutes in his debut for Andorra, came to Madrid in 2015 to play for the cadet team. its talent and physical power, especially in the lower body, they made him reach the junior, he played in EBA and, finally, debuted in the Endesa League on May 24, 2018 before him Gran canaria in the game after the achievement of the Euroleague by Madrid. He added two points and a rebound. “I was very nervous, but Tavares advised me to have fun and told me that everything would be fine. That helped me,” he recalls.

Doncic is a benchmark for all homegrown players. He opened the way and has shown us the steps to take. Is an idol

Mario Nakic, forward of MoraBanc Andorra

As he passed through the white quarry he did not get rid of the comparisons with Luka Doncic. Even more after scoring 33 points in the final, be MVP and lead the junior team to the continental title in the parallel tournament that was held during the Final four from Vitoria in 2019, something that the Slovenian already did in 2015. “Luka is a benchmark for all homegrown players. He opened the way and has taught us the steps to take. He is an idol,” he says.

Basketball in the genes

Young Nakic carries basketball in his genes, His father, Ivo, I’m going through Manresa and was champion of Europe with Cibona from Petrovic and the Partizan from Djordjevic. Croatian him, left the team Zagreb having a lot of competition in their position (the Petrovics, Cutura, Cvjeticanin…) and signed for the set of Belgrade, in which he was active when the war broke out. The following year he decided to return to the Cibona. A lots of they branded him a traitor after winning with the Serbian team and had to live for a while with Cvjeticanin.

Where are the 17 homegrown players that Laso made his debut?

  • Dani Díez – Hereda San Pablo Burgos
  • Alberto Martín – Oviedo (LEB)
  • W. Hernangómez – New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
  • Jonathan Barreiro – Unicaja
  • Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
  • Santi Yusta – Casademont Zaragoza
  • Dino Radoncic – Casademont Zaragoza
  • Samba Thiago Ndiaye – South Carolina Aiken University
  • Dani de la Rúa – Valencia Basket (3×3)
  • Melwin Pantzar – Valladolid (LEB Gold)
  • Mario Nakic – MoraBanc Andorra
  • Usman Garuba – Houston Rockets (NBA)
  • Boris Tisma – SC Derby (Montenegro)
  • Matteo Spagnolo – Vanoli Cremona (Italy)
  • Tristan Vukcevic – Real Madrid
  • Juan Núñez – Real Madrid
  • Eli John Ndiaye – Real Madrid

Mario learned his capacity for effort from him: “He’s from the old school and he taught me that hard work is the only way to achieve something “. And he misses not having inherited his good hand. “If my shot was half as good as his, I’d be happy,” jokes Nakic, who this summer withdrew his nomination from the NBA draft. From Andorra, with talent and work, ambitions unhurriedly to reach the top.

Via Marca.com