The Lakers also auditioned Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell, who hopes to emulate Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Russell also dined with the Lakers' basketball operations staff.
The debate over taking a center or a guard may continue until the last moment. General Manager Mitch Kupchak insisted that the team has no decision yet on their No. 2 draft pick, but their choice could change the franchise's direction in a hurry.
The Lakers also looked at players for their two later picks, including Arizona defensive ace Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, along with Murray State point guard Cameron Payne, although he isn't expected to be available at 27.
Darion Atkins, a power forward at Virginia, hoped to show his ACC background is a benefit.
Many of the Lakers' draft prospects are inspired by the rise of guard Jordan Clarkson, who was taken by the Lakers with the 46th overall pick in 2014.
Wyoming power forward Larry Nance Jr. would love to follow in dad's footsteps.
The Lakers held a final group workout last Friday. They'll continue to privately bring back players leading up to Thursday's draft.
Meanwhile, an oddsmaker didn't give the Lakers much of a chance to win a title next season.
Finally, if the Minnesota Timberwolves draft Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and the Lakers select Okafor, the two may square off in Las Vegas in July when the teams face each other in the NBA's summer league.