The choice of “Magic” in Thursday’s draft, however, is a surprise, as it was estimated that the Orlando club with the first number could choose either the striker Jebaria Smith junior or the fourth and fifth number player Chet Holmgren.
“Honestly, I can’t believe what just happened,” Bankero said after embracing his mother, former Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) player Rond Smith-Bankero.
In his only college season, Bankero scored an average of 17.2 points per game in the Duke University team and scored 7.8 rebounds.
Shortly afterwards, Magic sent him news that Bankero Orlando is expected on Friday.
This was the fourth time the Orlando unit had been selected for the first number of the draft.
The Magic was drafted by Shakill O’Neill in 1992, and Chris Weber was the Orlando club’s first choice a year later, replacing him with Penny Harand and the choices in the next draft years that led to Win Carter and Mike Miller in Orlando. In 2004, “Magic” chose Dwight Howard as the first choice.
Bankero also became the 13th player in a row, drafted with the first number after only one year in college.
With the second number, the Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Holmgren, and with the third, the Houston Rockets – Smith.
Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian basketball players were not selected in the draft.
The Washington Wizards, represented by Kristaps Porziņš, chose defender Johnny Davis as the tenth number and Janik Nzos, a player from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who represented Spain’s Malic club Unicaja for the past two seasons.
Dallas Bertan’s Daver Mavericks chose the lightweight striker Wendel Moore as the 26th.
The NBA reports that Moore, along with Boban Marjanovic, Stirling Brown, Three Children and Marquis Chris, have been replaced and the Houston Rockets traveling in the opposite direction to striker Christian Wood.