2012 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Projects Meyers Leonard To Orlando

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Chad Ford projects Illinois center Meyers Leonard to be selected with the 19th overall pick by the Orlando Magic. Leonard is considered one of the top big men in the class, a rare prospect that could eventually develop into a true starting center.

The Magic are in serious danger of losing Dwight Howard in the next year. Leonard is a far cry from Howard, but he's big, he's athletic and he has shown some raw promise, especially on the defensive end.

Leonard had an impressive freshman year at Illinois, averaging 13.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 1.9 BPG despite showing some obvious growing pains. Although he shot 58 percent from the field, he was extremely raw on the offensive end, showing little in the way of polished post moves.

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