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Marquette PG Tyler Kolek is a perfect fit for Orlando Magic

ORLANDO – Signing a game-winning guard, either through free agency or the NBA Draft, seems more likely than unlikely for the Orlando Magic this offseason.

The Ringer's latest mock draft confirmed that assumption, predicting that the Magic would take Marquette point guard Tyler Kolek 18th in the first round.

“Kolek’s shooting and playmaking skills would fit perfectly with Orlando’s existing core players,” The Ringer wrote.

Kolek, 23, was a widely recognized All-American, twice selected to the All-Big East team and was the 2022-23 Big East Player of the Year. In his final season at Marquette, Kolek averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 assists per game and hit 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots.

Kolek's game has been compared to All-NBA guard Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks and former All-Star guard Goran Dragic.

“A point guard with a lot of feel who can play fast, slow and any speed in between, both on the break and in his own half,” The Ringer wrote in its scouting report. “He uses his dribbling to create angles for perfectly timed passes to cutters and shooters.”

Kolek is ranked 21st in The Ringer's major rankings, 25th by Yahoo Sports, 26th by ESPN and 32nd by CBS Sports.

The first round of the 2024 NBA Draft will take place on June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The second round is on June 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET.