Despite not having a Head Coach or General Manager, the Orlando Magic have begun workouts for next month’s NBA Draft.
Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic worked out the following players: Moe Harkless from St. John’s, William Buford from Ohio State, Cameron Moore from UAB, Andrew Nicholson from St. Bonaventure, Darrion Pellum from Hampton and Jeff Taylor from Vanderbilt.
Moe Harkless was a highly touted recruit that is leaving after one season with the Red Storm. The 6’8 forward averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Harkless was named Big East Rookie of the Year. Harkless is a guy the Magic would target at 19.
William Bufrod was overshadowed by the likes of Jared Sullinger, a projected top 10 pick, in college, but he was a sharpshooter for an Ohio State team that reached the Final Four. Buford, who played all four years, averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He shot a career-low 35.8% from beyond the arc last season, but the 6’5 shooting guard shot 44.2% during his junior season. Buford is considered a second round pick.
Cameron Moore was somewhat hidden from the national stage at UAB, but the 6’10 senior power forward put up 16.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last season. Moore is considered a very good athlete and is viewed as a second round pick.
Andrew Nicholson was the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year. The 6’9 forward averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season. Nicholson has a pretty well-rounded game – he shot 43.4% from three during his senior season. The Magic would probably have to spend a first round pick on Nicholson – he’s listed as a late first round pick by most experts.
Darrion Pellum isn’t a household name because he played at Hampton. The 6’6 guard put up 18.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior season, but shot just 36.2% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc. Pellum’s athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect. Click here to see that on display. Pellum is thought to be a second round pick.
Jeff Taylor was a sharpshooter during his last two seasons at Vanderbilt. As a senior, Taylor averaged 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 42.3% beyond the arc. Taylor is listed at 6’7 and helped lead Vanderbilt to and SEC tournament championship. The Magic would probably have to nab Taylor in the first round.
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