Multitasking Utah Jazz evaluate prospects in Chicago, near interviewing process in coach search
The Jazz hope they’ll fare well in next week’s lottery, which would put them in a position to get the biggest names of this loaded draft to come to Utah. That might be especially helpful now that Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid won’t be attending this week’s combine.
It didn’t shock Lindsey that they pulled out of this particular evaluation event. The Jazz factored that in to their scouting decisions over the past six months.
“Not really,” Lindsey said when asked if it puts a damper on the combine to not have three of the best players in attendance. “Players and agents are going to do what they feel is best relative to getting to the best draft slot and the best team, and so I’m never really surprised if players withdraw from the process.”
Even without three of the projected top picks, there will still be loads of talent to observe, including the likes of Dante Exum, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart and Noah Vonleh.
“There are a bunch of good players and prospects,” Lindsey said. “We’ll closely evaluate the guys who are here.”
No players from the local colleges were invited to attend the Chicago combine, parts of which will be televised on NBA TV, ESPN2 and ESPNU. However, former Pleasant Grove High star guard C.J. Wilcox (Washington) will be among the participants.
NBA DRAFT COMBINE PARTICIPANTS
May 14-17, Quest Multi-Sport Complex (Chicago)
Jordan Adams, UCLA; Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Delaware; Isaiah Austin, Baylor; Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State; Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico; Khem Birch, UNLV; Alec Brown, Wisconsin Green Bay; Jabari Brown, Missouri; Markel Brown, Oklahoma State; Deonte Burton, Nevada; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Semaj Christon, Xavier; Jordan Clarkson, Missouri; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut; Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado; Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; Melvin Ejim Iowa State; Tyler Ennis Syracuse;
Dante Exum, Australia; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Jerami Grant, Syracuse; P.J. Hairston, Texas/UNC; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Joe Harris, Virginia; Rodney Hood, Duke; Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Nick Johnson, Arizona; DeAndre Kane, Iowa State; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Alex Kirk, New Mexico; Zach LaVine, UCLA; Devyn Marble, Iowa; James McAdoo, North Carolina; K.J. McDaniels, Clemson; Doug McDermott, Creighton; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Jordan McRae, Tennessee;
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut; Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU; Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette; Dwight Powell, Stanford; Julius Randle, Kentucky; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Russ Smith, Louisville; Nik Stauskas, Michigan; Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee; Xavier Thames, San Diego State; Noah Vonleh, Indiana; T.J. Warren, North Carolina State; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; C.J. Wilcox, Washington; James Young, Kentucky; Patric Young, Florida
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