Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker to work out for Jazz Wednesday
SALT LAKE CITY — The Jimmer Fredette-Kemba Walker showdown is set.
It didn't happen in Sacramento as once planned, but both hyped players and lottery prospects will participate against each other in a pre-draft workout for the Utah Jazz on Wednesday morning.
The NCAA Tournament spotlight-stealing point guards will be joined in the tryout session by 6-8 forward Paul Carter (Illinois-Chicago), 6-10 forward Josh Harrellson (Kentucky), 6-2 guard Senario Hillman (Alabama) and 6-6 guard Malcolm Lee (UCLA).
As usual, this workout is not open to the public.
The 6-3 Fredette, who earned national player of the year honors at BYU this past season, and the 6-1 Walker, who led UConn to the national championship, are among the intriguing players who will likely be available for the Jazz with their No. 3 overall pick.
The Jazz also have the 12th selection of the draft, which takes a place a week from Thursday.
The wildly popular Fredette worked out in Phoenix on Monday and has also received rave reviews from his showings for New York (17th pick), Indiana (15th) and Sacramento (seventh).
Walker was originally penciled in for that workout with the Kings but backed out citing a scheduling conflict, according to reports.
There had been speculation that another coveted point guard would join this workout, but Kentucky's Brandon Knight will not be among the six players participating in drills and interviews with Jazz brass today.
As for Fredette, he remains one of the more intriguing and talked about players in this year's draft. And nobody seems to be able to agree on just where he'll land, with projections ranging from No. 7 to the Kings all the way to the middle of the first round out of the lottery.
The Suns, who have the 13th overall pick, were reportedly impressed by Fredette on Monday.
"Jimmer was great," Phoenix director of player personnel John Treloar told SB Nation Arizona. "We matched him up against a very strong, physical guy in Iman Shumpert (Monday), and it was a war going on in here. Both guys went at it hard, and he handled himself like we expected him to."
Treloar even defended Fredette's defensive performance, which has been deemed to be one of his glaring weaknesses by some critics and observers.
"His quickness he has, and his strength he has, allows him to stay in front of guys in short spaces," Treloar added. "In the half-court, I think he's going to be able to guard people."
Suns general manager Lance Blanks has also liked what he's seen from Fredette, according to the online report.
"He did what he had to do to win ball games, which he did at a high level. I really don't question much about his abilities. He's shown it at the collegiate level, I've seen it in person," Blanks said. "High quality, high character guy. He checks all the positive boxes as an NBA point guard. Quite frankly if he's there, it will be a tough decision, because he's a very good player."
Jazz workout attendees
Player Position Height Weight Age College
Paul Carte Forward 6-8 203 24 Ill.-Chicago
Jimmer Fredette Guard 6-3 196 22 BYU
Josh Harrellson Forward 6-10 275 22 Kentucky
Senario Hillman Guard 6-2 195 23 Alabama
Malcolm Lee Guard 6-6 198 21 UCLA
Kemba Walker Guard 6-1 184 21 Connecticut
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