Former Florida State forward Okaro White to play Orlando Magic Summer League


Former Florida State forward Okaro White will play Summer League with the Orlando Magic next month, according to a recent report.

Former Florida State forward Okaro White will play for one of the Orlando Magic’s two Summer League teams this July, international basketball reporter David Pick reports.

White played last year for Aris in Greece averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game while posting a 55.1 percent effective field goal percentage across all competitions. The 6-foot-9 forward hit 34.9 percent of his 3-pointers, taking 4.1 3-pointers per game. He posted similar numbers the year before with Granarolo Bologna in Italy.

He is a little bit of a late bloomer, going undrafted out of Florida State. At 23 years old though, he still seems to have plenty of potential.

For the Seminoles, he averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a senior in 2014.

White is a fairly athletic forward with an improving 3-point shot. He is the kind of player that fits into a roster and does not need the ball in his hands to be effective. Every team needs those kind of role players.

With the success he has had nearly averaging a double double in Europe, it is no wonder the NBA is ready to give him a look. He looks like a solid player who can hit the midrange jumper and fill that tweener-4 role that has become very popular in the NBA today.

The Orlando Magic are piecing together two Summer League rosters once again this year and will have the opportunity to review plenty of players for the end of their bench along with for their D-League team in Erie.

It is unclear where White might play. It certainly seems like he could be someone who has a shot at making the main roster and so he could get run with the Magic’s draft picks on the main roster. Then again, he might still be better off getting another year of seasoning with the D-League and could be someone the Bayhawks want to look closer at.

He is certainly an intriguing player worthy of getting a NBA look after his success overseas.

The rest of the Summer League roster will come together likely shortly after the Draft.

The Magic’s main Summer League roster will likely include any players they draft in the NBA Draft the previous week. Orlando has three picks in the Draft — No. 11, 41 and 47. The Magic likely will not have Mario Hezonja because of his commitments to the Croatian National Team at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament occurring at the same time.

The rest of the summer league roster will be pieced together with free agents such as White. Orlando is also rumored to have invited Danilo Nikolic to play for its Summer League team. Last year’s second round pick, Tyler Harvey, is also very possible to play for the Magic’s main Summer League roster.

The other roster will likely have players who played for the Erie Bayhawks and are being considered for the team next year. Players like Melvin Ejim, Peyton Siva, Jordan Sibert and Nnanna Egwu are players to watch if they play another year in Summer League with the Magic.

Orlando’s Summer League schedule tips off at the Amway Center practice facility beginning July 2.