The No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Banchero brings a bundle of skills to the Orlando Magic. With his unique blend of power and finesse, the 6-foot-10, 250-pounder dominated in the college basketball ranks this past season while at Duke. He scored more points than anyone else in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while compiling the second most rebounds and 10th most assists. Just 19 years old, Banchero recorded 15 20-plus-point scoring performances and 12 double-doubles in 39 games.
Cannady appeared in five games after signing with the Magic’s parent club in late March and scored in double figures in each of the last three, including on April 10 in the finale against the Heat when he posted 15 points, two shy of his career high. The 6-foot-2 guard, best known for his outside shooting, has bounced back and forth between Lakeland and Orlando the last two seasons. He was named the G League Finals MVP in the Disney bubble in 2021 after helping Lakeland capture the franchise’s first championship. A few weeks later while on a two-way contract with the Magic, he suffered a serious right ankle injury. Following a nearly year-long recovery, he resumed play in Lakeland, where he appeared in 16 games and shot nearly 47 percent from 3-point range.
Kwan Cheatham Jr.
One of the more experienced players in this year’s summer league, Cheatham has already played on five professional teams overseas, including most recently with Fuenlabrada of the Spanish Liga ACB. He played his college ball at Akron, where in 101 games across four seasons he averaged 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists. His best college performance came on Jan. 28, 2017 against Buffalo when he erupted for 31 points and made seven 3-pointers. The 26-year-old is best known for his ability to space the floor at 6-foot-10, 235 pounds while doing all the dirty work on defense and on the glass.
Daniels has been out of action for over a year after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during his senior season at N.C. State. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was playing spectacular basketball prior to the injury, which occurred on Jan. 27, 2021 in a win over Wake Forest. He scored in double figures in 11 of the 12 games he appeared in that season, including exploding for 29 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Charleston Southern. Soon-to-be 24 years old, Daniels transferred to the Wolfpack after a year with the Utah Utes. In 109 college games across four seasons, he averaged 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. His defense is what he's most known for. He averaged 1.7 steals in each of his last two seasons at N.C. State.
Ford got the opportunity to showcase his skills on a bigger stage back in December after several Magic players were placed in health and safety protocols. He scored 14 combined points in the five games he appeared in with Orlando. In 31 games with the Magic’s G League squad in Lakeland, he averaged 12.5 points and shot 38.7 percent from 3-point range. Before turning pro, the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder played four seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers. One of his best college performances came during the 2021 Big Ten Tournament when he led the Badgers with 17 points in a second-round victory over Penn State.
Gach, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound swingman, had quite an interesting college basketball journey. He played his first two seasons at Utah, then transferred to Minnesota for his junior campaign, and then returned to Utah to finish out his college career. Gach’s length and athleticism stands out most. He has a quick first step and is both crafty and coordinated when he attacks the basket. One of his best college performances came just a few days before the NCAA had to cancel the remainder of the season due to the pandemic. Not only did he erupt for a career-high 28 points that March 7, 2020 night against Colorado, but he came up clutch as well. First, he buried a game-tying jumper with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then in the extra session he drilled three free throws with 0.6 ticks remaining after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt to lift Utah to the victory.
Grayer, the son of former NBA player Jeff Grayer, spent last season with the Magic’s G League squad in Lakeland, where he appeared in 24 games and averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. His season high in scoring came on Jan. 16, 2022 against Raptors 905 with 19 points. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder played four seasons at George Mason before transferring to TCU to conclude his college career. A streaky shooter, pesky defender and excellent rebounder for a guard, Grayer averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 boards at the college level.
Hampton, acquired along with Gary Harris and a future first round draft pick by the Magic in a 2021 trade that sent Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets, scored in double figures 18 times this past season, including in the season finale against the Miami Heat when he had 21 points. On Nov. 7, in a win over the Utah Jazz, he made a clutch 3-pointer with 21.5 seconds left. By starting in 13 of Orlando’s last 18 games, the 21-year-old got a chance to sharpen his skills playing against stronger competition.
The Magic’s 32nd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Houstan played one year at Michigan after starring at Florida’s Montverde Academy. While inconsistent with the Wolverines, the 6-foot-8, 205-pounder had several outstanding college performances, including scoring 21 points in back-to-back games against Rutgers and Illinois. Known most for his range shooting and defensive versatility, Houstan gives the Magic more size on the perimeter. Many feel he has one of the higher ceilings among second-round draft picks, especially considering how highly touted he was coming out of high school.
James, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound swingman, is one of the few players on the Magic’s summer league team with NBA experience. He played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings after they drafted him 40th overall in 2019. Toward the end of the 2020-21 season, he exploded for 31 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. He played his college ball at Wyoming, where he averaged 15.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists across four seasons. One of the things he does extremely well is initiate contact on drives. In his senior campaign with the Cowboys, he averaged 8.4 free throw attempts, which ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference that year.
A 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard out of Saint Mary’s, Kuhse was one of college basketball’s most improved players this past season. He went from shooting from 40.7 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from 3-point range his redshirt senior season to shooting 49.4 percent overall and 45.0 percent from beyond the arc this past year as a graduate student. He had a terrific performance in the Gaels’ NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Indiana with 19 points and six assists. Another one of his more memorable games in college came the prior season in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic against Northern Iowa when he connected on a game-winning floater with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Arguably the best 3-point shooter on the Magic’s summer league squad this year, Malinowski ended last season with Orlando’s G League team in Lakeland, appearing in five games and averaging 7.0 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 42.1 percent from downtown. He played his first three college years at William & Mary before transferring to Georgetown for his final season. One of his best college performances came in his last game as a sophomore at William & Mary when he recorded 22 points and hit five 3-pointers against Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association’s conference tournament.
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound center, Oturu has 33 NBA games under his belt. He was drafted 33rd overall in 2020 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was traded immediately to the L.A. Clippers, with whom he played sparingly throughout his rookie campaign. The 22-year-old, who went to high school and college in Minnesota, spent most of last season in the G League with the Windy City Bulls, although the Toronto Raptors brought him on in late December on a 10-day contract with so many players in health and safety protocols. With excellent hands, solid footwork, and some nifty post moves, Oturu is arguably the most skilled big man on this year’s Magic’s summer league team.
Schofield got called up to Orlando from Lakeland in December when the Magic were shorthanded because of the COVID surge. He acclimated quickly and earned a two-way contract just a couple weeks later. In 38 games with the Magic’s parent club, the 6-foot-5, 241-pounder averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. This wasn’t the first time he played in the NBA, however. Chosen 42nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, Schofield appeared in 33 games with the Washington Wizards during his rookie campaign. In addition to Lakeland, he’s played on two other G League teams, including the Greensboro Swarm, who selected him first overall in the 2021 G League Draft.
Simpson, a 6-foot-0 guard, captured the attention of many G League observers this past season because of his unique, but highly effective, running hook shot. In 35 games with the Oklahoma City Blue, he averaged 14.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists. OKC rewarded him for his stellar play by calling him up to their parent club late in the season. He appeared in four games with the Thunder, scoring in double figures in three of them. He played collegiately at Michigan, where as a sophomore, playing alongside current Magic big man Moe Wagner, he helped the Wolverines advance to the national final. He also played a season in Ann Arbor with Moe’s younger brother and fellow Magic star Franz Wagner.
Terry, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, has quite a basketball resume. He’s bounced around the last few years after playing at Lincoln Memorial University, a Division II school in Harrogate, Tennessee. Known for his defense and high energy, Terry has appeared in six NBA games so far in his career. Last season, when so many teams were shorthanded because of the COVID surge, he signed with the Suns, his second stint in Phoenix. He’s played overseas as well, including in Israel, Turkey, Serbia, and most recently France.
Jeremiah Tilmon Jr.
Tilmon, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center, is already quite familiar with the Magic organization. He was with Orlando in last year’s summer league, spent training camp with the team at Amway Center and then joined the Magic’s G League team in Lakeland, where he appeared in 31 games and averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Although he didn’t end up getting drafted in 2021, his play at Missouri during his senior season caught the attention of scouts. He averaged 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks that year while helping the Tigers advance to the NCAA Tournament.
A strong, aggressive shooting guard, Wilson-Frame spent last season in the G League with the Salt Lake City Stars. In 32 games, he averaged 17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He already has ties to Florida. Before transferring to Pittsburgh to finish out his college career, he played at the panhandle’s Northwest Florida State College. It was with the Panthers, though, where he made a name for himself. As a junior, he led Pittsburgh in scoring with 13.0 points per game.