Wesley Iwundu drafted to the Orlando Magic

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Senior forward Wesley Iwundu walks on the court for senior night recognition before the basketball game between K-State and Texas Tech in Bramlage Coliseum on March 4, 2017. (File Photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

Wesley Iwundu, the former K-State men’s basketball player, was drafted to the Orlando Magic as the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on June 22 in Brooklyn, New York. Iwundu came to K-State in 2013 and started in 32 of the 33 season games during his freshman year.

Iwundu is the first in K-State’s history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals during his career as a Wildcat. Iwundu finished his senior season with 1,249 points, 618 rebounds, 366 assists and 121 steals, as well as playing 3,728 minutes in his career, ranking third in the university’s history.

Iwundu graduated in May 2017 with a degree in family studies and human services.

The 6-foot 7-inch forward was excited to move forward in his basketball career.

“It’s an exciting moment in my life, and I am ready for it,” Iwundu said.

Iwundu is the first Wildcat to be drafted into the NBA since 2008, and is one of six players from the Big 12 drafted.

Iwundu will be able to play various positions for the Orlando Magic. The Magic went 29-53 last season and missed the playoffs.

During Iwundu’s senior season, he joined 1987–1988 shooting guard Mitch Richmond as one of only two Wildcats to ever tally more than 400 points, more than 200 rebounds and more than 100 assists in a single season. Iwundu made 122 free throws, resulting in a 76.7 percent season average.

Iwundu was also elected to the All-Big 12 Third Team by the league coaches. He is the sixth Wildcat to repeat all-conference honors in the Big 12.

He ended his career playing in 99 consecutive games and with 87 total starts.

Additional draftees from the Big 12 include Iowa State University guard Monte Morris, University of Texas forward Jarrett Allen, Oklahoma State University guard Jawun Evans and University of Kansas teammates Josh Jackson and Frank Mason.

“It’s a very young, athletic team with a lot to look forward to,” Iwundu said in an interview with Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle. “I think Orlando is a great city. You have got Disney World and everything there with the theme parks. I am excited to get there.”

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