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Like magic! Mo Bamba is heading to Orlando as No. 6 draft pick

The Orlando Magic selected UT big man Mo Bamba with the sixth pick in Thursday's NBA draft.


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Mo Bamba, who holds an NBA draft combine-record 7-foot-10 wingspan, was selected by the Orlando Magic with their No. 6 pick during Thursday's NBA draft.

 

The UT big man, who only played one season with the Longhorns before opting into the draft,  averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game. He was second in the nation in blocks among Division I teams, and his 15 double-doubles led the Big 12.

When it's all said and done, I want to walk across another stage and I want to put on a jacket that has this little seal that says 'Hall of Fame.'

"It means the world to me, to come back to the city and be drafted right where I started everything," Bamba told ESPN after being selected. "It's just surreal to me. I mean, words can't describe how I feel right now."

 

The Harlem native said his new team expected him to contribute right away.

 

"I see myself fitting in right away as far as the trend of bigs trying to do it all," Bamba explained. "But it really comes down to defense. You are who you can guard in the NBA, and as long as you can guard multiple positions you can stay on the floor. And as long as you can shoot the ball you can stay on the floor."

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