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Cavs reportedly met with Onyeka Okongwu this week

The USC center is definitely in play at No. 5.

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Southern California Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wassermann, the Cleveland Cavaliers interviewed USC’s center Onyeka Okongwu this week.

Okongwu, a USC product, is someone that has risen up the Cavs’ internal board throughout the draft process. Listed at 6’9” and a 245 pounds with a 7’1” wingspan, he projects as a defensive lynchpin from the five spot. That’s definitely a long-term need for Cleveland and a need right now. (Andre Drummond does exist, but it feels less and less likely that he’s going to matter for the team beyond next season.)

Here’s the case for Okongwu in a single tweet.

There are offensive concerns — it’s hard to figure out exactly what he’ll be on that end aside from finishing at a high level — but Okwongu is really, really interesting. He definitely should be in the running at No. 5.

One of the questions, though, is if he’ll even be there. The Hornets — who, as Wasserman noted, have also interviewed Okongwu — are believed to covet a big man in the draft. If James Wiseman is off the board at No. 2, they could easily take Okongwu.