Published on Mar 2, 2014
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 Euroleague Basketball Nike International Junior Tournament, which his team eventually won. 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.
In 2010 and 2011, Šarić was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award.
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. 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).
He signed with Bilbao Basket and was loaned to KK Split in 2012. However, due to a sanction by FIBA, forcing Spanish teams to pay a buyout of €550,000, he didn't sign with Bilbao. After that, he trained with KK Split, but was not playing games with them. In November 2012, he signed a four-year contract with the Croatian club Cibona.
Again, in 2012, he was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award, finishing second.
Šarić had initially decided to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft on April 4, 2013. 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. Šarić would, however, officially declare himself for the draft once again on April 14, 2013. Finally, Šarić withdrew from the draft altogether, because of his desire to stay in Europe for another year, to gain experience.
In 2013, he won the Croatian National Cup and Croatian Championship with Cibona, and won the MVP award for the Croatian finals.
He was named the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year in February 2014.
Croatian national team
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).
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). Soon after scoring 39 points to lead Croatia to victory in the gold medal game against Lithuania, Šarić was voted unanimously as tournament MVP.
Awards and accomplishments
Junior club honours
Città di Roma Tournament (2010, 2011)
Nike International Junior Tournament (2011)
Senior club honours
Championship of Croatia (2013)
Krešimir Ćosić Cup (2013)
Croatian national team
Junior national team
2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: Gold
2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: Gold
2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament: Burkhard Wildermuth-Award
2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: All-Tournament Team, MVP
Città di Roma Tournament: All-Tournament Team, MVP (2010, 2011)
2011 Nike International Junior Tournament: All-Tournament Team, MVP
2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: All-Tournament Team, MVP
2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship: All-Tournament Team
Croatian League Finals MVP (2013)
FIBA European Young Player of the Year (2013)