Lots of upside to newest Raptor Bruno Caboclo

A video screen shows the selection of Bruno Caboclo as the 20th overall pick by the Raptors...

A video screen shows the selection of Bruno Caboclo as the 20th overall pick by the Raptors Thursday night in Brooklyn. (AFP)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

BROOKLYN - It was 10 years ago that the Toronto Raptors shocked the NBA community by selecting Rafael Araujo eighth overall in Manhattan.

On Thursday, in a different New York borough, a different, but highly respected Raptors front office again turned to Brazil, this time selecting an even bigger unknown, Bruno Caboclo.

With local point guard Tyler Ennis selected a couple of picks earlier, the Raptors opted for Caboclo, who did not work out for any teams, but received a promise from Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri according to ESPN. The Raptors did not believe he would fall to No. 37. He was taken over collegiate talent like UCLAs Kyle Anderson, or Swiss big man Clint Capela, who had been widely connected to the team.

The 19-year-old is 6-foot-9, reportedly still growing and has a 7-foot-7 wingspan and could either be a small forward or a power forward.

Brazilian journalist Fabio Balassiano has been tracking Caboclo since he was 16 and said he is a shy teenager, from a very poor family, who is driven to succeed and loaded with talent.

Balassiano caught up with Caboclo over the phone after the Raptors selected him.

Im happy as hell, man, Caboclo said, adding he did not know he was picked until he saw Balassianos Twitter account.

How am I to believe? When they started calling here gave an ice on my stomach. I dunno, gave the goose bumps. Im very happy, very excited, he said.

Was silent here, praying and hoping. It was all too fast for me ... I just practiced, practiced and dreamed.


Videos

Photos