Luka Samanic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. His father, Marko, had a 19-year career in professional basketball, including a stint with Krka of the EuroLeague. Luka's early interests included soccer, handball and tennis. He did not begin playing basketball until he was 11 years old. Samanic started his basketball career with a local club at the youth level. He was named MVP of the Croatian cadet championship in 2016 and attended the Adidas EuroCamp soon thereafter. At the age of 16, Samanic signed a two-year amateur contract with Spanish club FC Barcelona, initially playing with its junior team. He earned the Rising Star award at the 2016-17 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. The following season, he took on a larger role with Barcelona's junior team and earned All-Tournament honors at the 2017-18 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. Later that year, he began his professional career with Barcelona's senior reserve team. Learn more about Samanic by following him on Twitter (@SamanicLuka) and on Instagram (@lukasamanic9).