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Jazz plan to view 8 more smalls and talls

Published: Friday, May 26 2006 9:57 a.m. MDT

The Jazz on Thursday announced plans to audition eight NBA draft prospects in coming days, including a highly regarded center from UConn and a top-notch Duke front-liner, both of who could be available when Utah picks at No. 14 overall.

Saturday brings the guards. Monday, the big men visit.

Multiple prognosticators do not regard any of the backcourt players working out Saturday — Duke point guard Sean Dockery, Wake Forest combo guard Justin Gray, high-scoring St. Peter's guard Keydren Clark and Iowa State's Will Blalock — as likely first-round selections in the June 28 draft.

All four of Monday's crop, however, are pegged as possible first-rounders.

Three of the four — UConn's Hilton Armstrong, Duke's Shelden Williams and raw-but-promising Bradley 7-footer Patrick O'Bryant — are considered potential mid-to-late lottery picks.

Armstrong is an athletic shot-blocker, while Williams, at 6-9, is a gritty sort who plays like a center but is built like a power forward.

The fourth — Mouhamed Saer Sene, a shot-blocking 7-footer from Senegal who has been playing in Belgium — is projected as a first-round selection by draft analysts from ESPN.com and nbadraft.net.

Clark scored 3,058 points at St. Peters, finishing his four-season career as the NCAA's sixth all-time scorer.

The New York native led the nation in points-per-game as a sophomore and junior, and averaged 26.3 this past season — trailing only probable top-five pick Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and possible lottery pick J.J. Redick of Duke.

If the Jazz do not take a shooting guard with their end-of-the-lottery pick — Redick is one candidate among many — they could instead tap a big man.

Early mock-draft guesses have Utah going with Villanova shooting guard Randy Foye (HoopsHype.com), Redick (InsideHoops.com), Armstrong (ESPN.com) or Williams (nbadraft.net).

The Jazz worked out several players last week as well, including another guard — Temple's Mardy Collins — currently projected by many Web sites as a mid first-round pick.

YOU PICK: Fan balloting is ongoing through June 5 at NBA.com for the top-10 "Greatest Playoff Moments in NBA History" — part of the league's celebration of its 60th postseason.

One of the candidates, as selected by a panel that included retired stars Bill Russell, Scottie Pippen and Bill Walton, and media members Marv Albert, Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com's Bill Simmons: Michael Jordan's winning shot for the Chicago Bulls vs. the Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

Other candidates include moments involving Bob Pettit (1958), John Havlicek ('65), Jerry West and Willis Reed ('70), Gar Heard ('76), Magic Johnson ('80 and '87) and Larry Bird ('87).

Results will be unveiled during a half-hour show, "The 60 Greatest Playoff Moments: The Top 10," scheduled to be shown on NBA TV at 4 p.m. (mountain time) on June 6 and re-aired on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. (mountain) on June 8.

PALACIO PROGRESSING: Guard Milt Palacio said Thursday that his left knee is feeling great and healing well following microfracture surgery performed about a month ago, shortly after the Jazz's season ended.

Palacio becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, but he continues to rehab regularly at the Jazz's practice facility and remains open to the notion of re-signing for a second season in Utah.

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