As many as seven international players could be selected in the NBA draft's first round. As many as four could be taken among the first 10 picks alone, including the Timberwolves possibly taking Turkish center Enes Kanter second overall.
You might never have heard of these names, but Wolves scouts -- including assistant GM Tony Ronzone and international scouting director Phil Philo -- have seen many of these players since they were pimply 15-year-olds:
Enes Kanter, 6-11 center, Turkey: The draft's mystery man because he enrolled at Kentucky last season but was ruled ineligible and never played. Dominated in 2010 Nike Hoops Summit high-school all-star game against current American college stars Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes with a 34-point, 13-rebound efort in only 24 minutes despite a bad back.
Jan Vesely, 6-11 small forward, Czech Republic: Running, jumping fiend who Ronzone says is rated highest on the Wolves' draft board for sheer athleticism.
Jonas Valanciunas, 7-foot center, Lithuania: Intriguing combination of size, touch and young age (19) would make him a top-four pick, but he might drop because of sticky contract buyout with his European team. After the Ricky Rubio experience, that'd make him a perfect Timberwolf, wouldn't it?
Bismack Biyombo, 6-9 power forward, Congo: Athletic defender who plays in Spain and has come from nowhere and now is something of a folk hero in this draft because of his mystery, intrigue and great name. Being touted as the next Serge Ibaka.
Donatas Montiejunas, 7-foot power forward, Lithuania: Skilled lefty who could be an mismatch nightmare, but might drop out of top 10 because he's probably not ready physically and defensively to contribute much immediately.
Others: Nikola Mirotic, 6-10 small forward, Serbia; Davis Bertans, 6-10 small forward, Latvia.
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lester||6|
|LA Angels||8||Top 8th Inning|
|Oakland||8||Top 9th Inning|
|San Diego||5||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Houston||2||Top 4th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||0||1st Prd 19:40|
|Los Angeles||8:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|MD-Eastern Shore||22||1st Half 2:15|
|William & Mary||14||1st Half 15:50|
|Manhattan||4||1st Half 17:19|
|Kent State||2||1st Half 17:38|
|Ball State||2||1st Half 17:37|
|Denver||2||1st Half 17:39|
|North Dakota St||6|
|Central Mich||6:30 PM|
|Bowling Green||7:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||8:00 PM|
|SC State||8:00 PM|
|Western Carolina||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||8:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||58|
|Northern Ill||76||1st OT 1:25|
|Pacific||47||2nd Half 5:35|
|Ohio U||6:00 PM|
|American Univ||6:00 PM|
|(3) Louisville||3||1st Half 17:30|
|Kent State||0||1st Half 19:35|
|Holy Cross||4||1st Half 18:21|
|San Jose St||6:30 PM|
|(5) West Virginia||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||9:00 PM|
|San Diego State|