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Raptors surprise draft pick Bruno Caboclo to play Summer League, be on roster next season

Jun 28, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

Brazilian Basketball player Bruno Caboclo drafted 20th over all by the Raptors arrives on Porter Airlines  from Newark NJ at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Toronto Star reporter Isabel Teotonio (in Red) talks to Bruno as he arrived. Getty Images

When the Toronto Raptors drafted Bruno Caboclo of Brazil at No. 20 Thursday night, even those of us fairly well prepared for the draft said “who?” Apparently a few teams had their eye on him for the second round but this was a pick only seasoned international scouts knew, nobody else. It was like a throwback to the early Internet days when the draft was mysterious.

Well, some of that mystery is going away this summer — Caboclo will be playing with the Raptors at Summer League, reports Eric Koreen of the National Post.

He will also take part in the Las Vegas Summer League in July, and will head to Los Angeles before that to work out with several of the Raptors, as well as assistant coach Jesse Murmuys. He will be on the roster next year.

DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross both live and work out in Los Angeles during the summer.

Caboclo is not a draft-and-stash, apparently. What everyone does know is he’s a long-term project. That includes the Raptors.

What else do we know? DraftExpress put together a video scouting report on him and say that his big strength is his athleticism — he’s big and long but runs the floor and can finish and play way above the rim — plus while his mechanics look odd and his release is slow he does knock down threes and seems to be a real threat as a shooter. That athleticism also makes him a potentially very good defender.

All that said he is very raw. He needs to fill out physically, he needs to play more just to get a feel for the game, he needs to improve his handles.

Basically, there is a ton of potential, but at this stage it’s tough to say how that develops (a lot of that now falls on the Raptors staff).

We’ll have more after we at PBT get to see him in person in Las Vegas.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Good luck!

    -Fab Melo

  2. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Weird pick in first rd considering raptors just made playoffs n can get to east conference finals easy if they add big man n lowery stays

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    “Ujiri: “He’s a few years away.”

    He’s two years away from being two years away. for some people thats a career span

  4. campcouch - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    at least they didn’t draft a Euro player and “stash” him to save money,hope he develops and decide to come to the NBA,they’re actually going to be active with their choice. Considering the amount of Brasilian players in league now and how successful they are,why not take a chance on a guy willing to play now.

  5. frelsi19 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Accordingly to some Brazilian media outlets, he has a reported 7′ 7” wingspan and can hit threes, FTs and midrange jumpers consistently. He shoots the ball high above his head, which makes him very tough to guard.

    I guess Ujiri wanted his own Antetokounmpo.

  6. urallstupid - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    sweet, i can see him suck on tv this year instead of sucking on tv 3 years from now. terrific news

  7. csbanter - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    The Raptors are doing something right north of the border. They must bring back Lowry though. Good coaching has brought them to this level as well.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Watch this guy have a magical season and win ROY, leaving all of us searching with one eye open for a paper towel to wipe the dripping egg off our faces. That’d be something else.

    Also, LOL at that Eric Koreen guy using a pic of Nene as his avitar.

  9. JHathwell - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Laughing at everyone doubting Ujiri on this one.

    While most people are sniffing the butt of Sam Hinkie and his 2k franchise mode strategy, Ujiri is turning bad teams into good ones, and quickly.

    Something tells me all the doubters are gonna look awfully stupid on this one.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      maybe in 4 years.

      you know, when he’s actually good enough to play nba basketball.

      • JHathwell - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        And you know this for a fact or you are just reciting what you’ve heard from people who have nearly heard of him, much less seen him play?

        Point is, I’m going to give Masai Ujiri the benefit of the doubt on this one. He’s earned that much.

    • muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Based on what? Solid reasoning there buddy.. when you fail to provide ONE solid reason.

      • JHathwell - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        You are asking me why Masai Ujiri would deserve the benefit of the doubt?

        Do you not have Google or something?

  10. zinger92 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    If he was “their guy”, they should’ve traded back and picked up another pick, but instead they’ve place a heck of a lot of expectations on a kid who’s yeeeeaaaars away. Could be a good player, but the GM could have done more with that pick.

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