As this year's NBA Draft proved, drafting promising international talent and hoping to stash them overseas until they truly blossom seemed to be a popular ongoing trend.
Though such soon to be stashed selections were made all the way back in the first round and on, Janis Timma just managed to make the cut. Drafted sixtieth overall in the second round, Timma was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the draft's final pick.
Still, his international promise is abundant and with the Grizzlies intrigued enough, perhaps Timma has just as much of a shot of catching on in the next few years.
But before he was an NBA draftee, Timma was "that guy" you read about in a potential prospect report in the days leading up to the big day. Our own Wendell Maxey had the scoop, and had this to say about Timma's skill set:
It's easy to fall in love with Timma's versatility. He possesses the ability to be effective both beyond the arc and getting to the basket. A nice touch and toughness to finish in the paint leaves NBA executives game planning to make him a project, knowing the development will pay off. Timma's schedule is only going to get crazier too. After the seven workouts and regardless what happens at the draft, he will train with the Latvian National Team in July and compete at the EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia from September 4-22.