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Utah Jazz Draft Workout Tracker 2022

Jun 2, 2022, 3:22 PM | Updated: Jun 16, 2022, 3:55 pm
NBA Draft Combine Workout (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)...
NBA Draft Combine Workout (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Despite not owning a pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz have been active in the pre-draft workout circuit.

As the draft nears, KSL Sports will track each prospect who auditions for the Jazz and where they are projected to land on draft night.

Here’s the running tracker of the prospects who have held a pre-draft workout for the Jazz so far.

Potential First Round Picks

Josh Minott: Forward – Memphis

Josh Minott is the first potential top 30 pick to workout for the Jazz during the pre-draft process, visiting Utah just eight days before draft night.

A versatile forward, Minott was a top 50 recruit before committing to Penny Hardaway’s Memphis team and showed glimpses of why many scouts considered him to be a potential lottery pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Minott has terrific size for a freshman standing 6-8 with a 6-11 wingspan and it showed on the defensive end. The forward has the ability to defend multiple positions on the floor with his combination of length, motor, and athleticism.

However, outside of transition opportunities, Minott offers very little on the offensive end averaging just 6.6 points on a shockingly low 14 percent from the three-point line.

But, with the recent success of Herb Jones and Jaden McDaniels early in their careers, teams will be intrigued by the opportunity to draft a versatile wing defender like Minott in hopes that his jump shot develops in the NBA.

Likely Second Round Picks

Moussa Diabate: Forward – Michigan

Moussa Diabate played just one season at Michigan where he averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 32 appearances for the Wolverines.

Diabate is the highest-ranked high school prospect to work out for the Jazz during the pre-draft process as the forward was a top-20 recruit before committing to play at Michigan.

A tremendous athlete, Diabate easily finishes above the rim at 6-11 and runs the floor well with a solid motor.

The French forward has a lot of room to develop, and has a good chance of sneaking into the second round of the draft.

Julian Champagnie: Forward – St. John’s

Julian Champagnie had an accomplished three-year career at St. John’s where he averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game during his sophomore and junior seasons.

The forward is a two-time All-Big East selection and was named the Big East Most Improved Player in 2021.

Champagnie is a near-lock to be drafted in the second round and one of the highest-ranked prospects the Jazz have worked out during the pre-draft process.

Trevion Williams: Center – Purdue

One of the highest-rated of the players visiting the Jazz in their first workout, Trevion Williams is a 6-10 center who played four years at Purdue.

Williams is one of the better passing big men in the draft and brings toughness after averaging 7.0 rebounds during his college career.

The center is projected as a late second-round draft pick.

Iverson Molinar: Guard – Mississippi State

Iverson Molinar is a high-scoring combo guard out of Mississippi who burst onto the scene during his sophomore season when his scoring average jumped from 5.9 points per game as a freshman to 16.7 in his second year.

The Mississippi State guard shot an elite 43 percent from the three-point line as a sophomore but saw that number drop dramatically to just 25 percent as a junior despite a similar number of attempts.

Molinar is a likely second-round pick but has even been projected as a late first-round draft pick in some mocks.

Johnny Juzang: Guard – UCLA

Johnny Juzang likely would have been a first-round pick after leading the UCLA Bruins to the Final Four in 2021 but opted to return to school and has slipped as a prospect.

The guard has excellent size at 6-7 and averaged a promising 15.8 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent from the three-point line.

Juzang is still projected to be drafted in the second round by most outlets due to his excellent size and scoring instincts.

Borderline Second Round Picks

Ron Harper Jr.: Forward – Rutgers

Ron Harper Jr. is the son of long NBA guard Ron Harper who spent 15 years in the league and won five titles, including two with the Chicago Bulls and three with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rutgers forward spent four seasons in college where he averaged 15.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists as a senior while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from the three-point line.

Harper Jr. stands 6-6 with an impressive 7-1 wingspan and knocked down a promising 39 percent of his 5.3 three-point attempts during his final season at Rutgers.

The forward is a borderline second-round pick in the draft, and also met with the Jazz at the draft combine.

Tyrese Martin: Forward – UConn 

An athletic, high-energy forward, Tyrese Martin showed he could guard multiple positions during his four-year college career.

Began his career at Rhode Island but transferred to UConn for his junior and senior season and didn’t see a dramatic drop off in his numbers.

The main question about Martin is whether or not his three-point shooting is to be believed. After shooting 32 percent from the three-point line during his first three college seasons, Martin’s shooting spiked to an impressive 43 percent on a career-high 3.4 threes per game.

Martin wasn’t expected to get drafted during his final season at UConn, but may have worked his way into the second round during the pre-draft process.

Kameron McGusty: Guard – Miami

Kameron McGusty is one of the older prospects in the draft having played for five seasons between Miami and Oklahoma, with a redshirt year in between the two schools.

McGusty played a big role at Miami where he averaged 17.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in his final season where the Hurricanes made a push to the Elite Eight.

The guard withdrew from the draft last season in order to return to Miami and upped his stats enough to justify the decision but will have to hope that turning 25 before the beginning of the 2022-23 NBA isn’t a deterrent for potential NBA teams.

Tyson Etienne: Guard – Wichita State

Tyson Etienne put himself on the NBA Draft radar after a standout sophomore season at Wichita State but struggled to maintain that consistency in his junior year.

After averaging 16.3 points while shooting 39 percent from the flooring 2021 with the Shockers, Etienne’s numbers dipped to 14.9 points and 32 percent shooting from deep as a junior.

Etienne is projected as a late second-rounder, to undrafted prospect.

Jared Rhoden: Guard – Seton Hall

Jared Rhoden is a 6-6 guard from Seton Hall and earned an invite to the combine after a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational.

The guard played four seasons at Seton Hall and averaged 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists while shooting.

The guard also interviewed with the Jazz at the combine last weekend.

Lucas Williamson: Guard – Loyola

Lucas Williamson was another top 100 prospect to audition for the Jazz on Thursday.

The fifth-year senior from Loyola is a scrappy guard known for his defense who sports an intriguing frame at the NBA level.

Williamson is a borderline second-round draft pick but may have to earn his way onto an NBA team via the G League or a two-way contract.

R.J. Cole: Guard – Connecticut

R.J. Cole is a 6-1 guard out of Connecticut who led the Huskies in scoring at 15.8 points as a senior.

He’s undersized at just over six feet but showed promise as a playmaker averaging 4.1 assists while grabbing 3.4 rebounds per game.

Stanley Umude: Guard – Arkansas

After an impressive four-year career at South Dakota, Stanley Umude transferred to Arkansas for his final year of eligibility and to test his skills against a high level of competition.

Unfortunately, the results were mixed. Umude was named to three All-Summit league teams during his sophomore-senior seasons at South Dakota but saw his numbers drop significantly at Arkansas.

The Arkansas prospect projects as a late second-round pick to an undrafted free agent on draft night.

Donovan Williams: Guard – UNLV

Donovan Williams had a breakout year in his lone season at UNLV.

The former four-star recruit struggled to carve out a role in two seasons at Texas but became one of UNLV’s go-to scoring options as a junior while knocking down an impressive 43 percent of his three-point attempts.

The underclassman surprised some by keeping his name in the draft despite having two years of eligibility remaining but is a borderline second-round draft pick.

Kellan Grady: Guard – Kentucky

Like Umude, Kellan Grady dominated the lower levels of college basketball before testing his hand in the SEC with mixed results.

Grady played his final season at Kentucky where the former Davidson product shot an eye-opening 41 percent from the three-point line but saw the rest of his numbers drop against better competition.

At 6-5, the guard has good size for a shooter but is one of the oldest players in the draft.

Kofi Cockburn: Center – Illinois

Kofi Cockburn was one of the most productive players in college over the last three seasons, including averaging a 20 point, 10 rebound double-double as a junior.

Cockburn is a throwback center who does most of his damage in the paint using his bruising 7-0, 285 lbs frame to punish smaller college players near the basket.

Conditioning will be a key for Cockburn as he hopes to prove he belongs in the NBA, though he made notable strides during his time at Illinois. Fit is also a concern due to the NBA’s rapidly evolving game three-point heavy game.

However, Cockburn’s production and high floor as a reserve center could push him into the second round of the draft.

Alex Barcello: Guard – BYU

Alex Barcello helped lead BYU over the last three seasons averaging 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.1 rebounds to finish his career.

Barcello first committed to Arizona out of high school, but transferred to the Cougars after two seasons with the Wildcats where he was relegated as a little-used bench player.

The guard is a high-efficiency scorer knocking down an impressive 48 percent of his field goals including 45 percent of his 4.6 three-point attempts per game, and 86 percent of his free throws.

Barcello is unlikely to get drafted, but his ability to score in bunches and operate as a complementary ball handler will earn him an invite to an NBA Summer League roster.

Gabe Brown: Forward – Michigan State

Gabe Brown has intriguing size at 6-7 to go along with his career 38 percent three-point shooting over four seasons at Michigan State.

He won’t create offense for himself at the NBA level, but his frame, athleticism, and three-point shooting give him potential as a 3-and-D wing.

Quenton Jackson: Guard – Texas A&M

Good height for a guard at 6-5, but at just 175 lbs Quenton Jackson will have to add weight to compete at the NBA level.

Jackson averaged 14.8 points and 2.0 assists during his final year at Texas A&M and was named to the All-SEC second team.

Shot 41 percent from the three-point line in 2020-21, but saw that number drop to 34 percent in his final season.

Jackson can really elevate in the half-court and finish on top of the rim despite his lack of size.

JD Notae: Guard – Arkansas

A stat-stuffing guard at Arkansas, JD Notae showed he could fill up a box score with the Razorbacks averaging 18.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists as a senior.

Has excellent speed and athleticism despite standing just 6-2 and weighing under 200 lbs.

Notae struggled to shoot the ball in college knocking down just 33 percent of his 5.7 threes over his four year career.

Likely Undrafted Free Agents

Collin Gillespie: Guard – Villanova

Collin Gillespie was one of the most efficient scorers in college basketball as a senior at Villanova scoring 15.6 points per game on an impressive 46 percent shooting from the floor, 41 percent from the three-point line, and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Gillespie started every game of his career after his freshman season making him one of the more finished products in the draft after spending five years at Villanova.

The guard suffered a significant knee injury in 2021 but showed no signs of any lingering issues during his strong senior campaign.

Koby McEwen: Guard – Weber State

Koby McEwen made two stops in Utah during his nomadic college career, playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Utah State before transferring to Marquette for two seasons, then finishing his amateur playing days at Weber State.

McEwen’s final season with the Wildcats saw him average an impressive 18.2 points to with 4.2 rebounds, a dramatic spike from his production at Marquette.

The Weber State product has solid size for a guard at 6-4, 200 lbs but will need to improve his consistency as a shooter (career 34 percent three-point shooter) if he wants to find a home in the NBA.

McEwen is likely to go undrafted on draft night.

Noah Kirkwood: Guard – Harvard

Noah Kirkwood offers an intriguing combination of size and skill for an NBA prospect,

The 6-7 guard was twice named a member to the All-Ivy League team and was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Kirkwood left Harvard early to pursue the NBA which indicates he’s confident that his 17.7 point, 5.7 rebound production can translate at the next level even if he goes undrafted.

Au’Diese Toney: Guard – Arkansas

Au’Diese Toney made a name for himself at Arkansas with his hustle and defensive energy but struggled to produce offensively.

At 6-6, 210 lbs Toney has good size for a disruptor on the wing, but will have to solidify his shooting if he hopes to catch on with a team after the draft.

Amadou Sow: Forward – UC-Santa Barbara

Amadou Sow was a productive forward at USCB averaging 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds during his four-year career.

The forward needs to improve his shooting, but his 6-9, 235 lbs frame is intriguing despite likely going undrafted.

Akoldah Gak: Forward – Australia

Michael Devoe: Guard – Georgia Tech

Jules Bernard: Guard – UCLA

Adonis Arms: Guard – Texas Tech

Eli Brooks: Guard – Michigan

Austin Hutcherson: Guard – Illinois

Charlie Moore: Guard – Miami

Daeqwon Plowden: Forward – Bowling Green

Jordan Usher: Forward – Georgia Tech

Kyler Edwards: Guard – Houston

Jacob Gilyard: Guard – Richmond

Justin Minaya: Forward – Providence: 

Aaron Wheeler: Forward – St. John’s

George Conditt: Forward – lowa State

Grant Golden: Forward – Richmond

Makur Maker: Center – Australia

Tommy Kuhse: Guard –  Saint Mary’s

Darryl Morsell: Guard – Marquette

Henri Drell: Forward – Windy City Bulls

Jermaine Samuels: Forward – Villanova

Drake Jeffries: Guard – Wyoming

Kur Kuath: Forward – Marquette

Jaden Shackelford: Guard – Alabama

Jeenathan Williams: Forward – Buffalo

Returning To College

Malachi Smith: Guard – Gonzaga

Gideon George: Guard – BYU

Omari Moore: Guard – San Jose State

 

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