The Raptors rookie 18-year-old Bruno Caboclo from Brazil only has a limited command of English, however, he’s young, learning and wants to participate in everything that comes when being an NBA first round draft pick. When he was introduced to the media, Caboclo did his best to tell us who he is and who he hopes to become. In his own words and with a little help from his Basketball Personal Advisor and translator Eduardo Resende (translator comments in brackets), this is Caboclo.
Bruno Caboclo audio:
“I like the defense. I like to score. Three-point shooter and I will help this team,” Caboclo said.
What else does Caboclo like to do?
“I like video games, play NBA.”
What other sports did he play?
“Soccer (He tried to, he tried to). So-so.”
What NBA players does he look up to?
“Kevin Durant, I like Kevin Durant. He has the same body.” (He tries to copy Durant’s game. That’s his idol.)
“In my house, we didn’t watch the NBA.” (They didn’t have cable at home until he was 17.)
First impressions of Toronto?
“Beautiful city. It is wonderful. I like it here.”
How does the facility in Toronto compare to Brazil?
(Bruno was playing for a club in Brazil named Pinheiros and Pinheiros has one of the best structures for growing up talent over there. So the structure for Pinheiros is pretty good. The facility is close to what we have here, not as big as a 20,000 arena, but it is a good environment for developing players.)
When did he start focusing on basketball?
“13 (How tall where you?) 175 (like 5’ 10”)
First time Caboclo dunked?
“The next year, 14.”
What advice did Leandro Barbosa give you?
“He said work hard – mature fast.”
Barbosa played with Pinheiros for about three months while Caboclo was there and treated the younger players on the team like a father figure according to Resende.
Resende explained that Caboclo’s family finances are difficult and they rely on him financially. He has two older sisters. Cabaclo plans on bringing his family to Canada to watch him play, but at this time his family has no plans to stay with him during the season.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri Talks about Bruno Caboclo
“I think he looks like he will be a solid defender because of his length. He moves his feet pretty good – with that length, maybe he’s a good defender and he’s got a touch. He likes to shoot it. If he can be some kind of a two-way player – he can shoot the ball a little bit and he can defend. We picked him because we feel there is some good upside there.”