NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Moe Harkless #4 of the St. John's Red Storm looks on against the UCLA Bruins at Madison Square Garden on February 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Draft Express projects Moe Harkless and Scott Machado to the Magic.
After last night's NBA Lottery, the order for the 2012 NBA Draft is solidified, with the New Orleans Hornets set to make the number-one pick. The Orlando Magic currently have two picks in this years draft: the 19th pick in both the first and second rounds.
While the Magic's roster could see much upheaval this offseason -- especially since they do not currently have a head coach or a general manager -- Draft Express released its first post-lottery mock draft this morning. They're projecting the Magic to take 19-year-old St. John's small forward Moe Harkless with their first-round pick and 21-year-old Iona point guard Scott Machado with their second-round pick.
From a January Draft Express profile on Harkless:
If he does elect to turn pro, he'll need to get very lucky to fall to the right organization and hope they are in turn patient enough to develop him for a few years until he's ready to contribute, but there's plenty to work with.
While by no means a finished product, Harkless obviously has a great deal of upside, and could be viewed by some as a Trevor Ariza-type prospect in the late first or early second round.
Back in December, Draft Express said this about Machado:
Point guards with Machado's court vision and passing instincts are always coveted by NBA teams, and there should be plenty lining up to eventually get a closer look at him in the pre-draft process-for example the PIT--where they'll get a better chance to see how he stacks up against some of the other top prospects at the point guard position.
The 2012 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 28.