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Dario Šarić

Dario Šarić
Šarić with Croatian national team in 2012
No. 9 – Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Position Power forward
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994
Šibenik, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009 Zrinjevac
2010–2011 Dubrava
2011–2012 Zagreb
2012–2014 Cibona
2014–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

Dario Šarić (Croatian pronunciation: ; born April 8, 1994) is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He also represents the Croatian national basketball team. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the power forward position. He was drafted 12th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2014 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.


  • Professional career 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Cibona Zagreb 1.2
    • Anadolu Efes 1.3
  • International career 2
  • Euroleague career statistics 3
  • Awards and accomplishments 4
    • Club honours 4.1
    • Croatian national team 4.2
    • Individual 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Professional career

Early years

After joining Zagreb, he won the Città di Roma NIJT in 2011, alongside teammates, Mario Hezonja and Dominik Mavra, and progressed to the Final Four of the tournament, which his team eventually won.[1] After he had registered a triple-double in the final game with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, in addition to 10 drawn fouls, he was named the MVP of the tournament.[2][3]

In 2010 and 2011, Šarić was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award.[4][5]

In 2012, he was selected to play for the World Team, for the second year in a row, at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon.[6] In the all-star game, the international players of the world team beat the US team, with Šarić scoring 13 points and leading in rebounds (14) and assists (5).[7][8]

He signed with Bilbao Basket and was loaned to Split in 2012. However, due to a sanction by FIBA, forcing the Spanish team to pay a buyout of €550,000, he didn't sign with Bilbao.[9] After that, he trained with Split, but was not playing games with them.

Cibona Zagreb

In November 2012, he signed a four-year contract with the Croatian club Cibona.[10]

Again, in 2012, he was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award, finishing second.[11]

Šarić had initially decided to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft on April 4, 2013.[12] However, two days after the initial declaration, he decided not to participate in it and had planned to play for KK Cibona for at least one more season.[13] Šarić would, however, officially declare himself for the draft once again on April 14, 2013.[14] Finally, Šarić withdrew from the draft altogether, because of his desire to stay in Europe for another year, to gain experience.[15][16]

In 2013, he won the Croatian National Cup and Croatian Championship with Cibona, and won the MVP award for the Croatian finals.[17]

He was named the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year in February 2014.[5] In April 2014, he was selected into the ideal team and also named the MVP of the Adriatic League, averaging 16.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the regular season.[18][19][20] In the Final Four of the competition, Cibona eventually won the league championship and Šarić was proclaimed the MVP of the finals.[21]

Anadolu Efes

On June 24, 2014, he signed a 2+1 contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes.[22][23] Cibona also received US$1.2 million in the name of buyout from Anadolu Efes, as Šarić was still under contract with them. He signed the offer days before the 2014 NBA draft commenced.[24][25] The Orlando Magic selected Šarić 12th overall in the draft, but immediately traded Šarić to the Philadelphia 76ers for Elfrid Payton.[26] After the draft, Šarić stated that he planned on playing in Europe for at least one more year, but promised that he would eventually play in the NBA.[27]

At the beginning of 2014–15 season, Šarić's father criticized a team head coach Dušan Ivković for not putting Dario in the roster for the Turkish League games, openly threatening possible termination of the player's contract if the situation doesn't improve.[28] He was named the 2014–15 Euroleague season's MVP of the Month for the month of November, becoming the youngest player in Euroleague history to win the monthly MVP award.[29] Over 4 games, he averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.

International career

Šarić was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in a unanimous vote, after leading the tournament in scoring (24.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.5 rpg), and finishing second in assists (5.8 apg). He registered a triple-double (30 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in the final, becoming only the second player to do so (after Ricky Rubio in 2006).[30]

Šarić also played in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where he finished fourth in scoring (18.1 ppg) and third in rebounds (10.1 rpg), despite being one of the youngest participants at 17 years of age.

He won a gold medal with Croatia in the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he finished first in scoring (25.6 ppg) and second in rebounds (10.1 rpg).[31] Soon after scoring 39 points to lead Croatia to victory in the gold medal game against Lithuania, Šarić was voted unanimously as tournament MVP.[32]

Euroleague career statistics

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.

2011–12 Zagreb 4 3 15.0 .200 .167 .500 4.5 .5 .3 .3 2.0 .8
2014–15 Efes 6 5 22.1 .470 .333 .714 6.0 2.2 .8 .8 13.3 16.0

Awards and accomplishments

Club honours

Junior club honours
Senior club honours

Croatian national team

Junior national team



  1. ^ "NIJT Barcelona (day 3 & final): KK Zagreb, the champion; Saric, the MVP". 8 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Brajdić, Dražen (8 May 2011). "Juniori Zagreba osvojili košarkašku Euroligu!" (in Croatian).  
  3. ^ Malo de Molina, Pablo. "Dario Saric, la gran esperanza croata" (in Spanish).  
  4. ^ "Mladi Hrvat četvrti najbolji igrač Europe!" (in Croatian). 2 February 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Saric is 2013 Young Men's POY". 5 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "USA - Saric headlines World Team for Hoop Summit".  
  7. ^ Golliver, Ben (8 March 2012). "Nike Hoop Summit 2012 Recap: World Select Tops Team USA, 84-75". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mladi Dario Šarić u pobjedničkoj selekciji Svijeta" (in Croatian).  
  9. ^ "Dario Saric no jugará en el Gescrap Bizkaia" (in Spanish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cibona inks Dario Šarić".  
  11. ^ "Valanciunas Young Men’s POY 2012". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Tjarks, Jonathan (4 March 2013). "Dario Saric to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft, according to report".  
  13. ^ Rothstein, Ethan (6 March 2013). "Dario Saric will not enter 2013 NBA draft". SB Nation. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (2013-04-14). "Croatian teen Dario Saric declares for NBA draft".  
  15. ^ Ford, Chad (16 June 2013). "Agent: Dario Saric to exit draft". ESPN. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Mannix, Chris (9 June 2013). "Dario Saric leaning toward staying in Europe, forego NBA draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Ford, Chad (6 June 2013). "Dario Saric may stay in Croatia". ESPN. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "The ideal five of the 2013/14 season selected". 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Givony, Jonathan (9 May 2014). "Dario Saric Scouting Report and Video Breakdown". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Golliver, Ben (27 April 2014). "Agent: Croatia’s Dario Saric declares for 2014 NBA draft". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Puljić, Tvrtko (27 April 2014). "Briljantni Šarić srušio Cedevitu i odveo Cibonu do prvog trofeja u regionalnoj ligi!".  
  22. ^ "Anadolu Efes Dario Saric’i kadrosuna kattı...". (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Dario Saric officially signs with Anadolu Efes Istanbul". 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  24. ^ McIntyre, Jason. "Dario Saric Signs 3-Year Deal with Turkey Basketball Team; Loaded NBA Draft Gets Thinner". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Ford, Chad. "Dario Saric to stay in Europe". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Herbert, James (26 June 2014). "2014 NBA Draft: Orlando Magic select Dario Saric at No. 12, trade to 76ers". CBS Sports. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Shorr-Parks, Eliot (27 June 2014). "'"2014 NBA Draft: Dario Saric says he will play for Sixers because 'he is not a liar. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Slišković, Hrvoje. "'"OTAC DARIJA ŠARIĆ U ŠOKU 'Ivkovićevi potezi su suludi, možda ćemo tražiti raskid!. (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "bwin MVP for November: Dario Saric, Anadolu Efes Istanbul". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  30. ^ Arbel, Yarone (16 August 2010). "Saric Heads All-Tournament Team". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  31. ^ Amposta, Marc (20 August 2012). "Dario Saric arrasa en la final del Eurobasket Sub-18" (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  32. ^ Grellet, Jared (19 August 2012). "MVP Saric Heads All Tournament Team". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "Australien triumphiert verdient" (in German). 10 March 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  34. ^ "NIJT ROME, 2011". Euroleague. 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  35. ^ Lozančić, Filip (7 June 2013). "Dario Šarić MVP prvenstva" (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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