Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore will have an individual workout in Orlando on June 11. This comes a week after the Magic had Trey Burke and Nerlens Noel in for individual workouts and interviews this past week, according to several reports.
Burke, Noel and McLemore are all three likely picks for the Magic with the No. 2 overall pick.
The Magic have not released any information officially about any of their workouts, opting to keep things pretty close to the vest. Information has leaked out though as players have announced they were coming into town or people spotted them in the city. Do not expect this to change as Orlando continues its Draft preparations.
The Magic are in the process of completing their due diligence on many of these players after studying them throughout the season and making initial contacts at the NBA Draft Combine. These one-on-one meetings are vitally important as the Magic assess whether their Draft pick fits the culture they are trying to build.
For whatever it is worth, McLemore told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel last week that he was impressed with meeting the Magic brass at the NBA Draft Combine and felt he would fit in well within the Magic's culture.
McLemore is just one of the players the Magic are considering with the second overall pick. In addition to Noel, Burke and McLemore, Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports the Magic are actually deciding between nine prospects for the No. 2 pick. He changed his selection for the Magic in his latest mock draft to Victor Oladipo from Indiana. The other candidates for that spot could be Otto Porter of Georgetown, Cody Zeller of Indiana, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse, Alex Len of Maryland and Anthony Bennett of UNLV.
As quietly as the Magic have brought guys in, some of these players are likely to make their way into Orlando in the coming weeks ahead of the NBA Draft. And we likely will not hear about it until they either have come through already or someone spots them around town.
The Magic are also doing work to prepare for that No. 51 overall pick they have too. Robbins also reported the Magic held a workout for several Florida products earlier this week. The group included Florida's Erik Murphy and Kenny Boynton, UCF's Keith Clanton and Florida State's Michael Snaer. Of that group, Murphy is the only one projected to be drafted with him going in the early or mid-second round.
These workouts though are important as one or many of these guys could be on the Magic's Summer League roster.
Information will be trickling out slowly for the Magic before the June 27 NBA Draft.no comments