The Orlando Magic are eyeing two players in particular with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, reports Joe Kotoch of ProBasketballDraft.com. Citing a source, Kotoch says those players are Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo. So far, they have the edge over Michigan point guard Trey Burke.
This news corroborates a recent report by Chad Ford that Orlando isn't thrilled with any of the point-guard prospects available in the Draft. Kotoch says that Orlando is indeed interested in trading for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe, but that it isn't sure the Clippers would part with the reserve, given the pending free agency of incumbent starter Chris Paul.
McLemore earned Consensus All-American Second Team honors after his freshman season with the Jayhawks, during which he averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Oladipo, a junior who has earned praise for his defense and work ethic, was a Consensus All-American First-Teamer after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a Big Ten-leading 2.2 steals per game.
In a story published Friday, McLemore told the Orlando Sentinel that he met with Magic officials during the NBA Draft Combine, and that he looks forward to working out with the team before the Draft. "I think I could fit perfectly in that system and that organization and help that team in different kinds of ways," McLemore said.
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