Where are they now?
The Magic have had 15 draft days so far. Some of those players chosen to play in Orlando have continued to work in basketball while others have gone a different career path. Here are a few of our former players and a little about what they have been doing since playing for the Magic.
NC State, 1991
Years Pro: 3
With their third pick in the 1991 draft the Magic selected this guard from N.C. State. Corchiani appeared in 60 games for Orlando before playing a season in Boston. After the NBA, Corchiani took his game overseas where he played for a variety of international teams including Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Germany. Corchiani was recently honored by his alma mater as N.C. State retired his jersey this past November. Now residing in North Carolina, Corchiani works for Team Corchiani, a real estate firm that he has been with for the past six years.
Oklahoma State, 1994
Years Pro: 4
The Magic used their first pick of the 1994 draft on Brooks Thompson, a feisty guard out of Oklahoma State. After two seasons with the Magic, including an appearance in the NBA finals, Thompson played for the Nuggets and Knicks. Though he his playing days may have ended in 1998, his involvement in basketball did not. As head coach of Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, Thompson led his squad to a 55-14 record over the past two seasons and garnered consecutive NJCAA Region One Coach of the Year honors along the way. His coaching success has not gone unnoticed as this past April Thompson accepted an assistant coach position with the Arizona State Sun Devils.
He came behind what is arguably Orlando’s most memorable draft pick, their first pick. That selection was Nick Anderson, but many forget the Magic also selected Michael Ansley in 1989 draft with the 37th overall pick. Ansley came from the University of Alabama and played two seasons with the Magic before moving to the CBA. After brief stints with the Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers, Ansley took his game overseas, where he still resides. Now the last member of the original Magic team to still be playing professional basketball, Ansely is part of Team Krawrok in Poland after playing in Spain. Ansley has two more years left on his current contract and has no plans of retiring soon.
Michigan State, 1985
Years Pro: 7
Not all Magic draft picks came via the traditional NBA draft. The Magic started by selecting twelve players in the 1990 expansion draft. Their fourth pick was Sam Vincent from the Indiana Pacers. Vincent went on to play three seasons for the Magic before moving to coaching. Since his playing days have ended Vincent has coached a wide variety of teams spanning from the NBDL level to the South African National Team. Vincent worked to bring NBA basketball to Africa as the director of the Africa 100 Camp during the summer of 2003. Though he enjoys his current position Vincent hopes to someday be working the sidelines for an NBA team.