Monday, July 4, 2022

Orlando Magic Pre-Draft Profile: Duke’s Trevor Keels

The Orlando Magic, owners of the No. 1, 32 and 35 pick in the NBA Draft, will have several chances to add them to their roster on June 23.

Having begun a rebuild in March 2021, Magic already has a significant amount of young talent. Orlando has nine players who were signed to contracts for the 2022–23 season in the first round from 2017.

The Magic, who finished 2021-22 with a 22-60 record, have clear needs.

As the roster currently stands, Orlando needs 3-and-D wing/forwards – with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting – who have good shape and length for their position. Depending on what happens with Mo Bamba’s restricted free agency, Magic could also use another big/center.

After taking a step forward in their pre-draft evaluations during the conjunction of the NBA draft in Chicago in mid-May, the Magic are offering a host of workout prospects before the draft.

This story is part of a series on players Magic interviewed with or worked for in Orlando:

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Trevor Keels (Duke)

the pulse, Height: 6 ft-5 | Weight: 223 pounds | Age: 18 | Wingspan: 6 foot-7 1/4

2021-22 Average: 11.5 points (41.9% off the field – 55.2% on 2s, 31.2% on 3s), 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.

Relation: NBA Draft Combine Interviewer

Comment: According to a league spokesperson, teams are allowed to interview a maximum of 20 players at the Combine and each player is allowed to interview with a maximum of 13 teams. The league decides which team talks to the players. Just because a team didn’t interview a prospect during the combination doesn’t mean they aren’t interested or won’t pick the player.

buzz: Keels, a McDonald’s All-American and 5-star, in the recruiting class of 2021 from Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va., began his collegiate career with a skilled 25-point (10-of-18 shooting) . In his opening win of the season over Kentucky. He was a frequent starter until the NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Devils lost to UNC in the Final Four. Kielce was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Rookie Team.

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scouting report: A physical combo guard who is a solid pull-up shooter and driver. Smart and capable playmaker, especially when attacking closeouts, and rebounders for his position. Can switch forwards because of their size and strength. Is a decent looking jumper, but he will need to improve his efficiency on the 3s. His free-throw percentage (67%) needs improvement. He’ll also have to become faster afterwards to keep up with the younger guards.

Suitable: The Magic are full of young guards (Cole Anthony, Devin Kennedy, Markel Fultz, RJ Hampton and Jalen Suggs), so Kielce would have had a tough time playing if he had been in Orlando. He can be available in the back end of the first round, where magic can trade, or can start in the second round.

This article first appeared on orlandosentinel.com, email at cost khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on twitter @khobi_price,

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