Queta Measures Well, Struggles In Game Action At NBA Combine Day 1
CHICAGO, Ill. – Utah State center Neemias Queta took the latest step in gaining an NBA evaluation by competing and being measured at the NBA Draft Combine.
At the first day of the Combine in Chicago, which featured 66 NBA hopefuls, Queta measured well physically but struggled to make an impact in the scrimmage portion of the audition.
In the various measurements Queta was the fourth-highest in several categories, including standing reach, height (without shoes) and wingspan. He also had the biggest hands among the attendees.
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However, in the scrimmage Queta found himself matched up primarily with former Central Florida center Tacko Fall. Against the 7-foot-5 big man, Queta failed to scored, going 0-for-4 from the field with just four rebounds in 20 minutes of action. He was a team worst -16 in his time on the floor.
Last week, Queta participated in a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz. According to the Jazz’s vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin, he “looked pretty good,” but Perrin did not seem to be overly excited about Queta’s performance.
Neemias Queta's final stats in his NBA Combine scrimmage.
4 Rebounds (2 OReb)
Queta had several solid defensive plays, but he was the only player in the game to not score at all and was also a game-worst -16.
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“He’s still, he’s still a young kid, so he’s still got some things he’s got to work on,” said Perrin on Saturday.
The NBA Draft Combine will continue through Sunday.
Queta has until June 10 to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Utah State.
The Draft will be held on June 20.
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