As NBA teams finalize their boards ahead of Thursday night's NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wozniacki that the top three picks are "increasingly strong", with Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. going from Orlando Magic No. 1 to Cheltenham, Gonzaga and Gonzaga. No. A and No. 3 at Duke's Paolo Banchero Houston Rockets.
The 6-foot-10 Smith worked with Magic earlier this month and was the unanimous betting favorite to be the first overall pick until Wednesday night.
Magic President Jeff Weltman indicated Monday that the company was still undecided on the draft plan, "it's still at the beginning of the process."
Smith admits he was "nervous" about his workout with magic but said it's "fun to get out here and push yourself and go through it."
Smith, 19, averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in his only season at Auburn, shooting 43% off the field and 42% from the 3-point range. Smith averaged 20.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as he faced Auburn against teams in the Associated Press Top 25.
7-foot Holmgren also met with Magic last week and praised the franchise, saying the company is led by "great people".
This is the fourth time that Orlando No. 1 will be picked. Magic took Shakil O'Neill to the top election in 1992. Chris Weber was the No. 1 pick by Orlando in 1993, and he traded for Penny Hardware that night, and a package of future picks eventually turned into Vince Carter.