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Hrvoje Perić (born October 25, 1985) is a Croatian professional basketball player who plays for Alma Pallacanestro Trieste of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) as a power forward.

Hrvoje Perić
PericVenezia.jpg
Perić with Reyer Venezia in 2017
No. 2 – Pallacanestro Trieste
PositionPower forward / Small forward
LeagueLBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-25) October 25, 1985 (age 33)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight106 kg (234 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2007 / Undrafted
Playing career2000–present
Career history
2000–2001Dubrovnik
2001–2002Solin
2002–2008Split
2008–2010Zadar
2011–2012Unicaja Malaga
2010–2011Benetton Treviso
2012Zagreb
2012–2013Vanoli Cremona
2013–2018Reyer Venezia
2018–presentAlma Trieste
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

CroatiaEdit

After progressing through the youth ranks of home town club KK Dubrovnik, he debuted with the first team in the Croatian second division (A-2) in 2000-01.

The next year he moved to another A-2 club, KK Solin (in Croatian), moving the same season to KK Split, a side that was playing in both the Croatian A-1 Liga and the stronger regional competition the Adriatic League. Split went on to win the domestic league in 2002-03 but the 17-year-old Perić would only play one game, with three more in the regional league.

The following season he played more, both in the Adriatic League and the Europe-wide second tier ULEB Cup but was not part of the squad that won the Krešimir Ćosić Cup.

2004-05 proved to be his breakthrough season, he accrued game time across all competitions and won plaudits, including a selection to the Croatian League All Star Game, making the Eurobasket.com All-Newcomers Team.[1]

After establishing himself as a starter for Split in the A-1, the only competition they played in, he declared early for the 2006 NBA draft though he later pulled out when it appeared he would go undrafted.[2] After a solid but unspectacular 2006-07 season[3] he went undrafted in 2007.

Following a tumultuous period with Split during which he was suspended,[4] Perić left Split for good in 2008 signing a reported 3 year deal with fellow Croatian club KK Zadar.[5]

With the incumbent Croatian League champions he encountered a higher level of play, with two consecutive finals in the domestic and two seasons in EuroCup, including a quarterfinal in 2008-09, however Zadar lost on all these occasions. Despite being unable to win silverware, Perić performed well on all stages, earning his third A-1 All Star Game selection and plaudits from Eurobasket.com for the same league (Forward of the Year, MIP, 1st team).[6]

AbroadEdit

Following these good performances in a team that had more exposure, the Croatian was spotted by Spanish team Unicaja Malaga with an eye of signing him. He was keen to join them, Zadar were willing to sell him to generate income and the signing seemed to be a formality, however internal divisions at the Andalusian club hijacked the move, it was first cancelled[7] before finally going through for 200,000€.[8]

Perić signed a two year contract with an option for a third year but his late arrival meant he joined an already assembled squad. Unicaja then loaned him for the year to Italian team Benetton Treviso,[9] against whom he had had a career best performance in the 2009 Eurocup (26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals for a PIR of 40).[10]

Under countryman Jasmin Repeša, in the past his coach for the national team, the Croatian had a successful first season abroad, logically less prominent in the team than in the past he posted solid figures and for the first time did so with consistency as Benetton reached the semifinals of both the Eurocup and the League.

 
Perić with Zadar in 2010

Despite these performances he wasn't in Malaga's plans for 2011-12 after a coach change, amidst talk of transferring him he convinced the coach with his graft and was added to the squad for good later on.[11] This allowed him to discover the best international and domestic club competitions in Europe in respectively the EuroLeague and the Liga ACB. He held his own in both, earning game time and displaying some good performances against top sides, Unicaja's season was less successful as they were thoroughly outclassed in the Euroleague Top 16 and did not make the playoffs in the league.

The collective failure resulted in a squad makeover and Perić was a victim, with the option on the third year of his contract not being taken, he then returned to Croatia to play for KK Zagreb.

The Dalmatian only played a handful of games for Zagreb, returning to Italy in October 2012 to sign with Vanoli Cremona.[12] His return to Serie A proved fruitful as he was called to play a larger role in Cremona, regularly starting and helping his team comfortably avoid relegation by providing good figures (14.3 points and 6 rebounds per game).

Reyer Venezia MestreEdit

Moving upwards in his career, he joined stronger club Reyer Venezia Mestre, who had finished in the playoff places the preceding year, in July 2013.[13]

He proceeded to have a good season in Venice, with a big impact off the bench (third best scorer, 4,7 rebounds on average) though the team did not reach the playoffs. A squad overhaul followed but, unlike at Malaga, Perić was not a casualty, in fact he was the only incumbent player to be offered a new contract by the team.[14]

He repaid that trust in full with a career best season at 29, he was the only Reyer player called up to the All Star Game in December[15] after an impressive first half of the season where other teams struggled to contain him.[16] He would finish the regular season with impressive all around stats: 14.7 points on 58.3 field goal percentage, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists in 27 minutes per game, that would see him ranked in the league top 10 in points, valuation and FG%, earning him plaudits including being voted third best player of Serie A in the official[17] and Gazzetta rankings, the latter also choosing him as their most improved player.[18]

On 2 May 2018, he won the FIBA Europe Cup with Reyer.[19]

In May 2018, Perić left Reyer Venezia after five seasons in LBA with one scudetto and one FIBA Europe Cup won.[20]

Pallacanestro TriesteEdit

On May 12, 2018, Perić went to Pallacanestro Trieste.[21]

International careerEdit

Perić played for the Under 19 squad of Croatia in the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Championship where he wasn't a mayor player for the team.[22] He would play in the qualification for the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship but would not make the final squad.

He later joined the senior Croatian national team, playing in FIBA EuroBasket 2007 qualification but again missing the tournament. This frustrating situation would repeat itself throughout his international career, despite making the preliminary squads of the 2010 FIBA World Championship[23] and EuroBasket 2013[24] he hasn't played in a tournament for Croatia as of 2015.

Career statisticsEdit

EuroleagueEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12[25] Unicaja Malaga 15 5 20.54 60.0 7.1 71.0 2.6 1.6 0.5 0.4 7.7 9.3
Career 15 5 20.54 60.0 7.1 71.0 2.6 1.6 0.5 0.4 7.7 9.3

Source:[26]

EurocupEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2003–04 Split Croatia Insurance 10 4 20.06 50.0 33.3 61.1 2.1 0.2 0.9 0.3 8.0 5.5
2008–09 KK Zadar 13 6 26.09 53.2 42.1 61.4 '3.3' 1.8 1.5 0.3 13.0 13.8
2009–10 KK Zadar 6 4 22.22 45.9 33.3 55.0 3.8 1.3 0.5 1.0 8.0 8.0
2010–11 Benetton Bwin 14 4 19.40 45.9 18.2 61.0 4.0 1.2 0.8 0.1 6.3 5.9
Career 43 18 21.94 48.8 31.7 71.0 3.3 1.1 0.9 0.4 8.8 8.3

Source.[27]

Player profileEdit

Aged 19, Perić was seen as an athletic and explosive player with above average footwork and ball-handling skills but whose attitude and confidence problems could hamper his development.[28] Since then he has progressed slowly but surely into a player lauded for his professionalism, becoming an all-around player who can play both forward positions and match up against any opponent.

In attack he likes to go at his opponent from the dribble, using his good footwork and technical skills. Though he's most effective in the paint, he has improved his three-pointer - one of his weaknesses - and is also a threat from afar. Possessing good vision and passing skills, he is able to find teammates.

Although he is a more offensive player he also is aggressive and concentrated in defense. He uses his physical attributes, above all his large wingspan, to dominate under the boards with rebounds (his forte) and blocks.[29][30][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Croatian Basketball League A1 2004-2005.", Eurobasket.com. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Word on the Street: Orlando Pre-Draft Camp Invites, Simmons Gone (Europeans Begin to Pull Out).", DraftExpress, 29 May 2006. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Prospect Profile - Hrvoje Peric.", NBA. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Eurobasket news report – 7/16/2008 (Split suspends Hrvoje Peric, Zadar shows interest for Aleks Maric).", Eurobasket.com, 16 July 2008. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Eurobasket news report – 8/28/2008 (Hrvoje Peric close to Zadar, Mario Kasun leaves Barcelona for Efes Pilsen?).", Eurobasket.com, 28 August 2008. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Croatian Basketball League A1 2009-2010.", Eurobasket.com, 28 August 2008. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ Ruiz, Javier L. "Unicaja converts the signing of Peric into a demonstration of internal strife.", Diario Sur, 17 August 2010. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.(in Spanish)
  8. ^ Calderón, Juan."Molina anticipates that Gecevicius and Peric will be at Unicaja in 2011.", Diario Sur, 19 August 2010. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.(in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Benetton takes forward Peric on loan from Unicaja.", Eurocup Basketball, 8 September 2010. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  10. ^ "2008-09 Last 16, Round 6: Benetton Basket 94 - Zadar 81, Boxscore.", Eurocup Basketball, 10 March 2009. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  11. ^ Barranquero, Daniel."Hrvoje Peric, one of the team.", Liga ACB, 8 November 2011. Retrieved on 14 May 2015.(in Spanish)
  12. ^ Carchia, Emiliano. "Vanoli Cremona agreed with Hrvoje Peric.", Sportando, 29 October 2012. Retrieved on 14 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Reyer, a quad of aces arrives.", Corriere del Veneto (Daily), 23 July 2013. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  14. ^ "Hrvoje Peric confirmed for Recalcati's Reyer.", La Nuova Venezia, Mestre, 21 June 2014. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  15. ^ "A bridge for Hrvoje Peric for the All Star Game.", La Nuova Venezia, Verona, 19 January 2015. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  16. ^ a b "A man amongst children. That is Hrvoje Peric in the highest Italian championship.", Il Gazzettino, 26 January 2015. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  17. ^ ""Lega Basket Awards" award-giving and playoff presentation at the Corriere dello Sport.", Lega Basket, 10 May 2015. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  18. ^ "Basketball, the Gazzetta awards: Samuels player of the year before Peric, Brooks and Vitali.", La Nuova Venezia, Milano, 12 May 2015. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.(in Italian)
  19. ^ Reyer Venezia conquer FIBA Europe Cup after defeating Sidigas Avellino
  20. ^ "Hrvoje Peric leaves Reyer Venezia", Sportando.basketball. Retrieved on 12 May 2018.(in Italian)
  21. ^ Hrvoje Peric agreed to terms with Alma Trieste
  22. ^ "Croatia – Hrvoje Peric.", FIBA. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.
  23. ^ "Popovic sets sights on Eurobasket 2011.", FIBA Europe, 22 July 2010. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Croatia announce preliminary squad.", FIBA Europe, 28 May 2013. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.
  25. ^ "Peric, Hrvoje 2011-12 Statistics", Euroleague. Retrieved on 14 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Peric, Hrvoje". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  27. ^ "Peric, Hrvoje". EurocupBasketball.com. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  28. ^ "Hrvoje Peric NBA Draft Scouting Report.", DraftExpress, 19 April 2005. Retrieved on 15 May 2015.
  29. ^ "Hrvoje Perić – Basketball Career.", Pepi Sport (Agency), 26 May 2013. Retrieved on 14 May 2015.
  30. ^ "Benetton Treviso, the arrival of the Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric is official: "In Italy for a great challenge".", Lega Basket, 8 September 2010. Retrieved on 13 May 2015.(in Italian)

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