Talent and basketball IQ have a long time put Ante Delas in a category of future senior national team players, but the 25-year-old has not worn a Croatian jersey since 2006 at the U18 European Championship. As much as his great size for a guard has always been his advantage, his slim body frame been a disadvantage. Ante, who is the older brother of Mario, needed to overcome many doubters, and has worked hard to get to the top level and give his talent a chance to shine. He spent seasons getting playing time with Croatian league teams KK Split, KK Trogir and KK Alkar Sinj, before moving to KK Zadar and proving himself in the Adriatic league. It was last season's breakout performances on the way to the Croatian finals, when he profiled himself both as a leader, and a legitimate scoring threat, that earned him his first call-up to the team camp.