Draft Notes: Bogdanovic, Randle, Embiid, Magic

January 24 at 7:53pm CDT By Charlie Adams

Here’s the latest news and notes on the 2014 NBA draft:

  • Serbian draft prospect Bogdan Bogdanovic tells David Pick of Eurobasket.com that he feels ready for the NBA, but he says he wouldn’t mind staying in Europe another season if an NBA team drafts him and feels he could use more seasoning. He’s No. 32 on the list of prospects at DraftExpress.com.
  • Adi Joseph of USA Today Sports takes a look at how the upcoming week’s slate of college games could impact several players’ draft stocks, including the much-discussed Kentucky freshman Julius Randle. Joseph opines that Randle’s lack of top-level upside makes him a less attractive option for the top pick than Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid, but also says his versatility could turn him into a perennial All-Star at the next level.
  • The Magic sit just three games above the cellar of the Eastern Conference, and as a result, they look to have a great shot at getting a high pick in June’s draft. Embiid’s name has been rapidly climbing up mock draft boards, and Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel takes a look at whether or not the Magic should select the Kansas big man if given the chance. We heard this morning that there’s mutual interest between Orlando and Nikola Vucevic on a potential extension, but drafting Embiid could mean the end of those talks. It’ll be interesting to see if the team would consider pairing the two centers together.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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