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Skal Labissiere the early favorite for Magic's 11th pick

Many pundits believe the Magic will take the Kentucky 7-footer with their selection.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA draft just a week away, more and more mock drafts begin to find their way out, or change on a day-to-day basis.

Holding the 11th pick, there is an early consensus favorite for the Orlando Magic: Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere.

Labissiere, 20, had an up-and-down season with the Wildcats. Once a top-ranked recruit coming out of high school, Labissiere put up pedestrian numbers in his lone season in Lexington, scoring scoring 6.6 points and grabbing 3.1 rebounds per game.

Despite the low averages, Labissier showed flashes throughout the season, including an 18 point, nine rebound, six block performance in the Wildcats final regular season game against LSU.

Labissier is projected to the Magic in seemingly every mock draft out there, including DraftExpress', NBADraft.Net's, and both Sam Vecenie and Gary Parish's on

Of Basketball Insiders' four panel mock draft, only Joel Brigham has the Magic selecting the 7-footer, with Alex Kennedy, Steve Kyler and Moke Hamilton all have the Magic going with different big men.

ESPN's Chad Ford is also amongst the group that has the Magic taking Labissiere, and had this to say about the potential selection.

Who knows whether Labissiere will ever make it in the NBA. He has all the physical tools and he has two elite basketball skills -- shooting and shot-blocking. But his poor performance at Kentucky, along with questions about his basketball feel and toughness, make you wonder whether it will ever translate.

In this draft, I think it's safe to take that bet outside the top 10 and the Magic have a big need for his entire skill set.

Frank Vogel should be a terrific coach for him.

With just a week to go, mock drafts will continue to be churned out, and many will likely have the Magic going with a big man, like Labissiere,