NBA Draft: Oklahoma's Romero Osby taken by Orlando Magic

Former Sooner goes in second round, No. 51 overall.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 27, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) listens to a question from the media during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) listens to a question from the media during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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