Luka Samanic

Date of birth : 2000-01-09
Height : 2m08 / 6'8"
Position : Small Forward
Photo : © DR

Regular season stats for Luka Samanic's basketball career

SEA LEA TEAM g min FG% 3% 1% or dr reb ast stl blk pts eff
17-18 SPA-2 FC Barcelona II 22 12.3 36.0 30.2 68.0 0.2 1.8 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.2 5.1 3.9
18-19 SLO-1 Petrol Olimpjia 16 19.0 47.6 32.3 74.4 1.1 3.9 5.1 1.1 0.9 0.4 8.8 10.9
18-19 ABA L. Petrol Olimpjia 21 14.7 50.0 20.8 69.8 0.5 3.1 3.6 0.7 0.3 0.2 6.0 6.9

European Competitions stats for Luka Samanic's basketball career

SEA LEA TEAM g min FG% 3% 1% or dr reb ast stl blk pts eff
18-19 BCL Petrol Olimpjia 12 18.9 44.3 36.8 72.4 1.6 3.4 5.0 0.9 0.3 0.3 8.2 8.9

International Competitions stats for Luka Samanic's basketball career

SEA LEA TEAM g min FG% 3% 1% or dr reb ast stl blk pts eff
16-17 Euro U16 U16 Croatia 7 36.4 40.3 33.3 83.3 2.0 8.4 10.4 2.7 1.1 2.9 17.7 20.9
17-18 Euro U18-B U18 Croatia 8 18.4 51.3 22.2 69.0 2.1 5.1 7.3 0.5 1.8 1.6 13.3 16.5
18-19 Euro U18 U18 Croatia 7 22.3 48.1 47.4 68.0 2.1 4.4 6.6 1.1 0.4 1.6 14.6 14.9

Basketball stats glossary

DAY: Competition round
SEA: Season
LEA: League
G: Games played
MIN: Minutes played
2M-2A: 2 points field goals made-attempted
3M-3A: 3 points field goals made-attempted
FG%: Field goal percentage
3%: 3 point field goal percentage
1M-1A: Free-throws made-attempted
1%: Free throw percentage
OR: Offensive rebounds
DR: Defensive rebounds
REB: Total rebounds
AST: Assists
STL: Steals
TO: Turnovers
BLK: Blocks
PTS: Points scored
EFF: Efficiency rating

Luka Samanic's basketball bio

Luka Samanic is a Croatian basketball player, born on January 9, 2000 in Zagreb. He is a power forward (6-10, 2.08m) and could be selected in the next 2019 NBA Draft.

His father, Marko Samanic had a solid European career of which playing Eurolague with Krka Novo Mesto in 2001-2002, Eurocup with Zadar in 2002-2003 and also playing abroad in Germany BBL with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (2003-2005) and a few games in France (Jeep Elite) with Bourg-en-Bresse in 2007.

Starting abroad: the Barcelona experience

Used to traveling, Luka Samanic was playing with its home club Zagreb when he signed his first professional contract with FC Barcelona. He played 22 games in the 2017-2018 season in LEB Gold, averaging 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12 minutes, alongside top European prospects as teammates: Rodions Kurucs, Arnas Velicka, Sergi Martinez, Tom Digbeu, …

2018: back to Slovenia

In 2018-2019, Luka Samanic joined Petrol Olimpjia and had the opportunity to played many games: 21 games in the Adriatic league (6.0 points, 3.6 rebounds), 12 games in the Basketball Champions League (8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds), and 16 games in the Slovenian Telemach League (8.8 points, 5.1 rebounds). His most impressive games of the season have been: 16 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes against Zadar, 18 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes against Igokea, 20 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes against Ilirija, 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes against Rogaska Crystal, and 19 points and 9 rebounds in 29 minutes against Besiktas S.J.. He also had the chance to learn from experimented teammates as Domen Lorbek and Scottie Reynolds.

National team success

Luka Samanic already competed in three international competitions with Croatia. In 2016, he first played the U16 European championship (Division A) while scoring 17.7 points and 10.4 rebounds in 7 games. In 2017, he finished MVP of the U18 European championship (Division B) with 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 8 games. Finally, in 2018 he averaged 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in the U18 European championship (Division A).

Entering into the 2019 NBA Draft

Current projections show a possible first-round selection, or early selection in the second round. Its strengths are his quickness compared to his size (good offensive versatility), his defense, and his three-point shooting. His weaknesses may be his availability to create shots and his ball handling. From an overall perspective, he remains one of the top European prospect with the ability to perform at the higher level.