Before Ricky Rubio brought hope to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was named three times as the FIBA European Young Player of the Year.
Indeed, his overseas success was impressive enough to sell those Timberwolves on drafting him with the fifth-overall pick in 2009. Though Rubio didn't show up to play in Minnesota for a couple of years, he was having an exceptional rookie campaign before tearing his ACL.
Of course, Rubio is hardly the first international player to make good on the upside displayed overseas.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have made Argentina and France proud by winning three titles with the San Antonio Spurs, and Spain's Pau Gasol has earned himself a couple of rings with the Los Angeles Lakers.
His brother Marc is still attempting to do the same with the Memphis Grizzlies.
You also might have heard of some German guy named Dirk Nowitzki. He's not half bad.
Rubio looks to be the next in line. Let's take a look at the foreign players who'll be joining him among the next generation of the league's elite.