The Toronto Raptors surprised everybody at the 2014 NBA Draft by selecting little known 18-year-old Brazilian forward Bruno Caboclo (cuh-BO-clo) with the 20th overall pick. Coboclo the youngest prospect in the draft is a 6-foot-9, 205 pounds small-forward prospect that has been labeled the “Brazilian Kevin Durant” and considered a raw prospect which Masai Uriji and the Toronto Raptors scouted and worked on multiple occasions and felt comfortable enough with his long-term outlook by drafting him with their first pick. The Raptors were hoping to land homegrown talent Tyler Ennis who was selected two picks prior by the Phoenix Suns.
Caboclo had just landed in the United States from Brazil and was on his way to a hotel when he said he checked out twitter to hear his named called by commissioner Adam Silver. and took to twitter to express his gratitude and thank the Toronto Raptors organization for him the lastest Brazilian in the NBA.
Very happy and honored to be part of Raptors family. Can not wait to show the fans what I got. #WeTheNorth
— Bruno Caboclo (@Bruno_Caboclo) June 27, 2014
Additionally, the newest Raptor caught up with Brazilian reporter Fábio Balassiano to further elaborate on realization his dream and just how surreal this moment was for him and his family.
Caboclo was initially spotted at the 2013 NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Americas where he caputure the Most Valuable Player award. He played in 16 games this past season with Pinheiros (Sao Paulo) where he contributed 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. In three Liga Americas contests, he averaged 8.0 points shooting .714 from the field and .667 from three-point range.
Caboclo is expected to join Raptors teammates Amir Johnson & DeMar DeRozan in Los Angeles as he begins prepations for the 2014 NBA Summer League.