Jazz Welcome 11 More Draft Hopefuls

Jun 9, 2022, 1:45 PM
UConn forward Tyrese Martin was one of 12 draft hopefuls to workout for the Utah Jazz Thursday (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz welcomed another 11 players in for workouts on Thursday with the June 23 draft just two weeks away.

The Jazz don’t have any picks currently in the draft, but got to see several players who have a chance to hear their names called in the second round on Thursday.

Here are the top names that worked out for the Jazz in the two-group session.

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.

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.

Brown is a borderline second-round pick.

Quenton Jackson: Guard – Texas A&M Borderline Draft Pick

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, but is a borderline second-round pick.

JD Notae: Arkansas Borderline Draft Pick

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.

The guard is a borderline second-round pick.

Others Working Out For The Jazz

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

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