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NBA Draft 2021: Jason Preston selected by Orlando Magic with the 33rd overall pick

Preston will reportedly head to the Clippers.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Ohio at Virginia IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

2 points per game as a senior in high school. Zero Division I offers. 2021 NBA Draft pick. Jason Preston’s dream has become a reality.

The Ohio Bobcats star point guard landed with the Orlando Magic, but will reportedly be traded to the Clippers, after steadily rising on draft boards over the last couple of months.

At 6’4 with electric creativity as a playmaker, Preston was 11th in the country in assist percentage per BartTorvik and his touch as a finisher around the rim makes up for a perceived lack of explosion.

Carrying the Bobcats to a MAC championship, he collected an All-MAC selection and MAC Tournament MVP honors. Preston and Winthrop’s Chandler Vaudrin were the only players in Division I with a defensive rebounding percentage of 21 and a 37 percent assist rate. We could sit here and list out impressive stats for the guy all night long.

As always, it’s tough to gauge how much a second-round pick will impact his team as a rookie, but Preston has an elite skill (playmaking) and that can’t be said for most players that get picked this late. If he can maintain a league-average three-point percentage and be able to penetrate the lane and collapse defenses like he could in the MAC, Preston is a picture-perfect modern NBA backup point guard; he plays with pace, controls the ball and is a viable primary initiator.