The NBA is now a worldwide game and teams around the world are often dipping into the European market to try and find the next Dirk Nowitzki or Tony Parker. 26 of the 60 players drafted in 2016 were foreign - born outside of the United States - and the influence of outsiders only continues to grow.
One youngster who is making waves in Europe for his freakishly tall frame is Robert Bobroczkyi. The Romanian 16-year-old plays for the academy at Italian team Stella Azzurra di Roma and stands at 7'7" tall.
Utilising his height, he helped his team win the u-15s national championship but there are serious limitations in his game that have led to him taking a year off basketball to concentrate on his health.
In the below video posted by the Sun, Bobroczkyi can be seen running awkwardly and, weighing just 184-pound, he does not possess the body of an athlete. All basketball players dream of reaching the NBA and his team have put him on a year's intensive course to help him gain weight.
Beginning in December, the programme sees him eat seven times a day, have designated fitness sessions while only competing in select tournaments.
The NBA is the land of the giants and while his height is unheard of, the sheer physicality of the league would make it impossible for him to compete. He has time on his side and a pure jump shot that could definitely be utilised. Only time will tell if he can develop into a player capable of handling the big league.