CHICAGO — Orlando Magic officials now have met with perhaps the four top prospects who are attending the 2014 NBA Draft Combine.
On Thursday, the Magic interviewed Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, Indiana big man Noah Vonleh and Australian guard Dante Exum.
One Wednesday, team officials interviewed Kentucky power forward Julius Randle.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, assistant general managers Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd, director of college scouting Brian Wright, coach Jacque Vaughn and lead assistant coach James Borrego are sitting in on the interviews.
"It went really well," Randle said when asked about his interview. "They're a really cool, young staff, and I really had a good time talking with them in the time I was there."
Some analysts regard Randle as the draft's fourth-best prospect. He measured at 6-feet-7¾ without shoes and 6-feet-9 in sneakers, and he's arguably the most rugged power forward in the draft.
Randle thinks he'd fit in well with the Magic.
"I think I could mesh well with those guys," he said. "I feel like I could be a good player there, and we'll just see how it goes with the draft."
Magic officials wanted to interview Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas at the combine, but they won't be able to do so.
Prior to the combine, each team submits a wish list of players it wants to interview.
The NBA reviews the teams' lists and assigns each team a maximum of 18 interviews.
Other teams' interest in Stauskas was high enough that the Magic weren't allocated a time to meet with him. DraftExpress ranks Stauskas as the 14th best prospect in the draft while ESPN.com ranks him 12th overall.
Stauskas could be available when the Magic make their second first-round pick, which likely will be the No. 12 pick.
Team officials almost certainly will invite Stauskas to visit Central Florida for a workout and interviews.
Toronto-area native Tyler Ennis, a point guard who spent one year at Syracuse, prepared for the combine by working out in Long Island with trainer Jay Hernandez.
Long Island also happens to be where Magic forward Tobias Harris was raised.
Ennis recently worked out with Harris in Long Island.
"We were able to play well together," Ennis said. "He loves the pick-and-pop, and I love using him [in the pick-and-pop], and I think we would be a good duo."
What advice did Harris give?
"Just play my game, really," Ennis recalled. "Me and him are real effective using the pick-and-roll, and he said through workouts I've got to try to exploit that and he said I should just continue to be vocal and continue to be a leader through workouts."
• Former Magic player Pat Garrity attended the combine's on-court workouts on Thursday. Garrity, who earned his MBA from Duke University, would be a strong candidate to work in an NBA front office if he decided to do so.
• Randle said he never considered skipping the combine — even after it became known that top prospects Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins weren't going to attend. "I think it was just good for me to be here," Randle explained. "You only get this opportunity once, and this is what I want and this is my dream."
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