Title: What Four Years with the Raptors Taught Us About Bruno Caboclo
Date: February 12, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about the end of the Bruno Caboclo experiment in Toronto and what it was like to cover for the last four years.
We were not ready for Bruno Caboclo.
I was working at theScore during the 2014 NBA Draft and, as part of our coverage, we had posts ready for any player expected to be taken in the first round. There were about 70 in total, to be safe, based on the latest projections from ESPN and DraftExpress. Caboclo, ranked 65th by Chad Ford and just 18th among international prospects by DraftExress without inclusion on either final mock draft, was not among them.
We weren’t alone. The broadcast scrambled to form some sort of opinion on Caboclo, the 18-year-old Brazilian with arms for days and little else to speak of yet, including tape. There were some grainy highlights from his time with Pinheiros, sure (that chase-down block!), and some clips from workouts, but Caboclo was so off-the-board a pick that DraftExpress, a clearing house for intel on just about every prospect each year, didn’t even have a scouting report for him until sometime in the second round.