Wednesday , Jul , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Raptors pick Jonas Valanciunas can play

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Bryan Colangelo was on the hot seat. Until now.

The Toronto media attacked the Raptors’ lead executive for drafting a little-known Lithuanian named Jonas Valanciunas fifth overall in the 2011 draft.

The thinking was simple: Valanciunas, at 18, can’t step in and help the troubled Raptors, who need immediate help.

Then the Euro’ tag came up. The critics, myself included, wondered why Colangelo had selected another foreign talent from a newly formed nation on the other side of the Atlantic.

Had we not seen this act before?  Had we not seen this act fail -miserably?

It seems the Raptors knew something we did not. Valanciunas can play. The five-man recently led Lithuania to the gold medal at the U19 World Championship, averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Watch the video and tell us what you think of Valanciunas in the comment box below?

–Oly Sandor.

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