Romero Osby spent the days before the NBA Draft in a whirlwind of workouts and travel, trying to earn a spot among the 60 picks.
Thursday night, not long before 11 p.m., Osby's work paid off when Orlando picked the Oklahoma forward with the No. 51 pick in the draft.
The 6-foot-7 Osby was a first-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior, helping the Sooners to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years.
He led OU in points (16.0), rebounds (7.0) and blocks (0.8).
Orlando was the final team to put the Meridian, Miss., native and Mississippi State transfer through workouts. Osby was in Orlando on Wednesday before driving home to Mississippi.
Osby is the first Sooners player selected since Tiny Gallon and Willie Warren were taken in the second round in 2010.
During his workouts, Osby showcased his perimeter game.
“A lot of people didn't know I can shoot the ball out to NBA range, and that's really something I've improved on,” Osby said earlier this month. “As well as being able to show off my ball handling and proving that I'm a versatile player who can go inside and out, guard small forwards, two-guards and go down low.”
In Orlando, Osby joins a team still in rebuilding mode after losing Dwight Howard before last season.
The Magic went 20-62 last season. Orlando picked Indiana's Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 overall pick.