The promise was too much to pass up, the skills too diverse to ignore, and if takes a year for the Raptors to find out exactly what they got in the NBA draft then they are more than willing to wait.

In a bold move more for the future than any he's ever made, president and general manager Bryan Colangelo took 19-year-old Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas with the fifth pick on Thursday night.

The returns may not be immediate: Valanciunas may not be able to get out of his contract with the Lithuanian club team Rytas Vilnius for another year.

"I can tell you that without question we have found a combination of the best talent and the best fit for this team," said Colangelo. "This young man is thought of as the best young (centre) prospect out there, regardless of where he's from.