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A surprising first round of the NBA draft for IU, UK and U of L

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BROOKLYN, NY (AP) - The Orlando Magic selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-4 Oladipo was a first-team AP All-American after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a junior, leading the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten regular-season championship in 20 years. He set Indiana's record for steals in a season (78) and led the Big Ten with a .599 field goal percentage.

The Magic are coming off an NBA-worst 20-62 season after six straight playoff seasons and a trip to the NBA Finals in 2009.

Oladipo, who played at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., is the Magic's first draft pick in the top 10 since they selected Dwight Howard first overall in 2004.

The Charlotte Bobcats selected Indiana center Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft.

Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said earlier in the week the Bobcats needed a big man and the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller should provide help on the boards.

Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He finished as Indiana's career record holder in field goal percentage, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.

Charlotte is 28-120 over the past two seasons and has never won a playoff game.

A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have traded Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia for point guard Jrue Holiday after selecting the Kentucky center with the sixth pick overall in Thursday's NBA draft.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The person says New Orleans also sent the 76ers a protected 2014 first-round pick and received the Sixers' second-round selection -- 42nd overall -- in this year's draft.

The 6-foot-4 Holiday, a four-year pro, averaged 17.7 points and eight assists for the 76ers last season.

The 6-foot-10 Noel averaged 10.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game, and blocked 106 shots as a freshman. However, left knee surgery is expected to sideline him until December.

The Utah Jazz drafted Louisville center Gorgui Dieng with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft and plan to trade him to Minnesota as part of a package for Trey Burke.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Jazz sent pick Nos. 14 and 21 to Minnesota for Burke, the Michigan point guard who was taken No. 9. The Jazz took UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad at No. 14 for Minnesota before grabbing Dieng.

Dieng will give the Timberwolves a shot-blocking specialist in the paint that their frontcourt currently lacks.

The 6-foot-11 Dieng averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 blocks for the Cardinals last season.

The Phoenix Suns traded up a spot to No. 29 with their second first-round pick in the NBA draft, selecting 18-year-old guard Archie Goodwin of Kentucky.

The Suns see the 6-foot-5 Goodwin as a point guard. He led Kentucky in scoring at 14.1 points per game but shot just 36 percent in his only season with the Wildcats.

A Parade and McDonald's All-America at Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Ark., Goodwin was second on the team in assists (2.7 per game) and steals (1.1) per game. His 466 points ranked 10th among all freshmen in Kentucky history.

To get the 29th pick, Phoenix traded the 30th selection to Golden State.

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