Utah Jazz finally get a look at a possible top-5 NBA draft prospect
He was one of just three players in Saturday’s second session as Perrin acknowledged that some of the higher projected picks like Gordon prefer not to work out against other players.
Stockton was wearing a Jazz jersey with the number “60’’ on it as he worked out with his father’s No. 12 hanging on the wall above the court. It was young Stockton’s first workout for an NBA team and he was happy for the opportunity.
“It’s an honor to put the jersey on and show your skills and having my favorite team on the logo is pretty cool,’’ he said. “It’s a great opportunity to come back home and play the game I love so much. It’s just a really fun time. They wanted to see me play hard and show that I’ve improved and that I can handle the speed. I think I did that today.’’
Stockton averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 assists as a senior at Gonzaga last year. At 5 foot 11, 165 pounds, he may be too slight to play in the NBA. Perrin said “he will play pro somewhere,’’ but not necessarily in the NBA.
“He has the Stockton genes, he knows how to play the game, and he knows how to make his teammates better,’’ said Perrin. “He plays hard and is in great condition.’’
Perrin said “it’s up for discussion” as to whether Stockton might join Utah’s summer league team in Las Vegas next month.
“I want to play at the highest level I can if I get the chance,’’ Stockton said. “I’m working hard to get there. I wanted to be ready for these workouts and hopefully get on a summer league team and go from there.’’
Other top players who worked out Saturday included likely first-round picks Adreian Payne of Michigan State (6-10, 245) and Jerami Grant of Syracuse (6-8, 210), as well as Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes, Iowa guard Roy Devyn Marble, Tennessee State’s Patrick Miller, Baylor forward Cory Jefferson and UNLV forward Khem Birch.
Another group of players scheduled to work out Sunday morning includes Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III, San Diego State’s Xavier Thames, Washington’s C.J. Wilcox, Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry and P.J. Hairston of the NBA D-League.
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