Adam Hrycaniuk (Poland)
Born : 15.03.1984
Place of birth: Barlinek
Team 2012-13: Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB)
Career: Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski (Poland-PLK, up to 2004); Trinity Valley JC (USA-Junior College, 2004-06); Cincinnati (USA-NCAA, 2006-08); Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, 2008-13); Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB, 2012-13)
When he left Poland for USA in 2004, he was a skinny power forward who shot from outside and was never even considered for Polish youth national teams. He came back four years later as a rugged inside man with a strong body and even stronger elbows, which he used successfully to make the starting five of Euroleague club, Asseco Prokom Gdynia. In the past five seasons the man nicknamed "Bestia" ("Beast") developed even further into a solid low-post scorer. He then spent the final few months of the 2012/13 season in Valencia, learning even more. He will never surprise anybody with anything on or off the court, but you need a guy like Adam Hrycaniuk to push stars like Gortat and Lampe every day during practice and to protect them during games.