The Orlando Magic have high hopes for DaQuan Jeffries, who made an impact in the 2019 NBA Summer League. However, even before the draft, Magic officials are already keeping an eye on the 21-year-old swingman.
According to Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel, Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said that they were high on Jeffries. The Magic got the chance to nab him after the former Tulsa standout went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. He eventually signed an Exhibit 10 deal with Orlando.
President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said the Magic were high on DaQuan Jeffries before and after the draft, and it's easy to see why.
— Roy Parry (@RoyParryIII) July 30, 2019
As noted by Josh Cohen of NBA.com, Jeffries proved in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas that he has the potential to become an excellent defender. He did a good job in limiting the likes of Coby White (Chicago Bulls), Tyler Herro (Miami Heat), Chandler Hutchison (Bulls), and Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets).
“The soon-to-be 22-year-old was able to showcase his defensive gifts against some stiff competition, including a pair of 2019 draft lottery picks, a 2018 first rounder and a player who played in 63 NBA games last season,” Cohen wrote.
Jeffries started in all games for the Magic in the said summer exhibition. He posted 13.2 points on top of 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks in 22.7 minutes per contest.