I hope Danny reads this :)
Steven Adams (New Zealand), Augusto Lima and Lucas Nogueira (Brazil), Rudy Gobert and Jucay Lauvergne (France) are all 'big men'. (From Draft Express, their International Best Ten). I look at the Latin players like Nene, Varejo, Splitter and Scola and say THESE GUYS are not soft.
When we look at Euros, we have the two Gasols, the Rudy, the Bargnani, the Gallinari, the Parker and of course there are always a slew of Turk big guys and other bigs from the old USSR and the Balkans.
Danny did it right with Semi, drafting with a second rounder and waiting two years for him to develop, however Semi was never rated as one of the top international prospects. Lima and Noqueira are outstanding prospects, both with flaws, but you have to roll the dice occasionally.