TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Arizona star Aaron Gordon is now an NBA lottery pick. The Orlando Magic selected Gordon with the No. 4 pick in Thursday night’s draft.
He’s now the second lottery pick in the Sean Miller era as Derrick Williams went No. 2 in 2011.
Gordon said he had a "really good workout" in Orlando, one of five teams he worked out for in preparation for the draft.
"I (shot) the ball well. I did a lot of things I don’t think they thought I could do," he said on the draft’s ESPN broadcast. "I’m just happy; I’m extremely happy."
The 6-foot-9 Gordon said he wasn’t surprised to be selected at No. 4, and reiterated that he was comfortable playing either small or power forward in the NBA.
"I’m most comfortable as a perimeter player, definitely. However I do love posting up," Gordon said in a conference call with reporters. "But I’m a very capable of blowing by people. And I trust my jumper a lot more than I did at Arizona. But when it comes down to it, it’s all up coach (Magic coach Jacque) Vaughn…It all comes down to where he wants to put me."
In Gordon the Magic add another athletic player to go along with guard Victor Oladipo, who finished second in rookie of the year voting last season.
Gordon will compete with Magic forwards Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris for playing time early.
"As we went through the process there were quite a few things that stood out about (Gordon) that we really grew to like," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "Mainly his competitiveness, his desire to want to play team basketball, and to really try to impact the game in a variety of ways."
Gordon, a one-and-done player at Arizona, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds last season in helping lead Arizona to an Elite Eight appearance in last season’s NCAA tournament.
The athletic 6-foot-9, 225-pounder had a 39-inch vertical leap at the draft combine. Since signing with Arizona it was long projected he’d be an early entrant into the NBA draft and since arriving it’s long been thought he’d be a lottery selection.
The Magic are coming off a 23-59 finish this past season and haven’t made the playoffs since Howard’s departure.
It’s created a win-starved fan base for which Gordon said he has a simple message.
"I’d just tell them that I have a motor," Gordon said. "And my motor will continue to run."