Wesley Iwundu can pack his bags for Orlando.
The former Kansas State forward was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 33rd overall pick in the second round in the NBA Draft Thursday night, becoming the first Wildcat to be drafted since Michael Beasley and Bill Walker went in the first and second rounds, respectively, in 2008.
Iwundu, at 6-foot-7, looks to be able to translate his game to the NBA. A two-way player whose wingspan stretches seven feet, Iwundu flashed prowess on both sides of the ball at K-State. He’ll be able to guard both shooting guards and small forwards at the next level.
Iwundu’s path to the NBA is one that is increasingly old-fashioned. He wasn’t a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, and he wasn’t a star for K-State until his junior year. But he has developed and polished his game all through college, turning into an accomplished all-around player.
He ended his K-State career with more than 1,200 points, 600 rebounds, 350 assists, 100 steals, and 50 blocks. As a senior, he averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1 steal per game, averaging 31.4 minutes.
In four seasons at K-State, he played in every game except one, the season-opener his sophomore year (a 30-point victory over Southern Utah).
Expect further coverage tonight, focusing on Iwundu’s ability to fit in Orlando’s system.