Former Gators star Scottie Wilbekin said the Orlando Magic would be a perfect landing land spot for him if he is lucky enough to end up in the NBA.

The Gainesville native said he worked out for the team on Tuesday – two days prior to Thursday night’s draft – to wrap up a series of 14 workouts during the past month that have led Wilbekin to all corners of the U.S.

“I’ve been all over the place,” Wilbekin told the Sentinel.

Along the way, Wilbekin met NBA legend Larry Bird in Indiana, superstar Dirk Nowitski in Dallas and was in San Antonio last Thursday, four days after the Spurs won the NBA title.

But Wilbekin said Orlando was the perfect ending to a grueling draft process.

“I like all of their staff, they were all nice, cool guys,” he said. “And just the fact it was in Florida just kind of made me feel at home. I’ve played a lot of games at the Amway Center. Orlando, I’ve spent so much time there whether it was playing AAU or in college it feels more like home more than any other place.

“I’m glad I could make it my last workout.”

The Gators began their run to the Final Four in March with two wins in Amway Center.

Wilbekin carried the Gators past Pitt during the round of 32, scoring six of his team’s final eight baskets during a 21-point performance.

Wilbekin’s clutch play earned him SEC Player of the Year honors and are a selling point with NBA clubs. But the 6-foot-2 Wilbekin said his agent, Andy Miller, told him his chances of getting drafted at “50-50.”

Either way, Wilbekin will get his shot as a free agent.

“It’s definitely not the end of the road if I don’t get drafted,” he said.

The Magic do not have a second-round pick and could be an option if a team does no select Wilbekin.

 “I’d love to be close to home,” he said, “but I’m happy to play anywhere.”

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