The Orlando Magic continues to meet with possible prospects leading up to next week’s NBA draft with the latest visitor to the Central Florida area being former Gonzaga forward/center Chet Holmgren.
Holmgren sat down with the basketball operation leadership on Wednesday and Thursday as the team continues to evaluate talent heading into the June 23 draft. The Magic owns the rights to the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 2004 when the franchise selected Dwight Howard.
Orlando, which also holds the Nos. 32 and 35 picks, is in the process of a rebuild and hopes to fill some crucial needs in the draft.
The 7-foot Holmgren averaged 14.1 points on 60% shooting and 9.9 rebounds per game last season as a freshman for Gonzaga, who finished with a 28-4 record after losing to Arkansas in the Sweet Sixteen. The Minnesota native was a second-team, All-American with the Bulldogs and the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season.
He was the No. 1 overall high school prospect out of Minnehaha (Minnesota) Academy, where he was a teammate of current Magic guard Jalen Suggs.
The Magic could possibly benefit from the addition of another big man especially with center Mo Bamba being a restricted free agent.