Utah Jazz: Point guard from Germany could be the guy whose name is called by the Jazz
Schroeder, who has now attended six NBA teams’ workouts, will return to his native Germany Saturday. He knows he’s young and still learning the game, and that making the jump to the NBA won’t be an easy one.
“I think I have to improve on the finishes for sure,” he said, “because like 7-foot guys over there like (Oklahoma City’s Serge) Ibaka, they blocking shots, so I have to go into contact and try to finish it off.”
Perrin said Schroeder struggled through the early part of Friday’s workout session, but came on after that to finish strong.
“He’s been on quite a few workouts and he’s been away from home for a while, so I’m sure he’s getting a little bit homesick and probably a little bit tired,” Perrin said. “But I thought he fought through some things and had a pretty good workout.”
Perrin and the Jazz brain trust certainly saw some things from Schroeder that impressed them — as well as some things that the young man needs to improve upon.
“He’s got the ability to get to the deep paint, as we call it, get to the basket,” Perrin said. “He’s got good explosiveness off the dribble coming around the wing. He’s able to get into the paint and he’s able to pass to open guys if somebody’s stopping him.
“He’s got a lot of things he’s got to learn and pick up and get better at, but he’s got athletic skills that a lot of guys we don’t see over here (have).
“There’s a lot of things I think he needs to work on,” Perrin said. “I think that (finishing at the rim) is one of them and that comes from getting a little bit stronger, understanding probably better angles on how to finish, especially against the big guys over here. I think he’s got to get a little bit more discipline and a lot of focus defensively, continue to work on his shots and ball handling.”
Schroeder’s smallish size could definitely work against him on draft day. All in all, though, he’s a guy who could wind up being in a Jazz uniform next season.
“With his quickness and with his speed, which you can’t teach, yeah, he has some upside,” Perrin said. “The good thing about Dennis is he has played against men in the German pro league. It’s not like some of the college guys we have coming out into the draft who haven’t played against men. He has played against men.
"So it’s a little tougher in terms of who he’s playing against and how he’s playing over in Germany than the guys coming out collegiately this year.”
But hey, it’s probably no tougher than most Americans trying to properly pronounce his last name.
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