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Timma Likely Drafted And Stashed In Europe If Selected In The Second Round

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The kid can play, that's for sure. But if Janis Timma hears his name called on June 27 at the NBA Draft, his future in the Association will likely involve being stashed in a higher league in Europe first. Until then, the 6-foot-8 small forward from Latvia will stay in the draft and has eight workouts scheduled over the next nine days.

A number of prospects have already utilized their early withdraw clause entering today's deadline to remove their names from the 2013 NBA Draft. Other players --mostly of the European or international hoops variety -- will try their luck at sticking it out, even if that means hanging on for a second round selection come the NBA Draft on June 27.

Janis Timma is one of those players in it for the long haul and projected as a second rounder.

Timma is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound small forward from Latvia who played this season for BK Ventspils (averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.4% from the field 42.3% from 3-pt in 25 games) and impressed scouts, head coaches, GM's and front office executives two weeks ago at the adidas Eurocamp.

But if the 20-year old who helped Latvia capture Gold at the 8-18 European Championship in 2010 and also has EuroChallenge experience thought this season and the Eurocamp made for a hectic schedule, Timma has seen nothing yet.

Over the next nine days, he is set to workout for Portland, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis, Golden State, Phoenix, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Will the workouts be a crapshoot, leaving Timma to be selected in a draft-and-stash situation?

That's likely how the process will play out.

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.

Until then, it's jumping from NBA city to NBA city for Janis Timma and hoping to hear his name called in the second round.